I'm definately learning
as I go too. After spending a few weeks on a 33' boat, I can honestly say I intend on being more than a weekender. I'm hoping to buy a used boat
next year. I figure I will try and liveaboard
as much as possible during the spring and summer months. With what it costs to rent boats, I figure my money
will be more wisely spent buying
my own boat. Not to mention, I'll be able to learn about maintenance
and such as well.
I've rented older 36' and 30' Catalinas as well as a 33' Gib'Sea
. Even though the Gib'Sea
was only 5 years old, the older Catalinas handled much better and seemed to be better built. I'm also more inclined towards less "gadgets" and more "practicality". Too many gadgets means more can go wrong!
Lastly, I've found it challenging in my area to rent as there is only 1 company in the area that does so, and he only has one boat. Last year, I was struggling to get more weekends for sailing. Since I work and travel quite a bit for work, it's difficult to rent during the week. So, costs for rent and scheduling combined are good enough reasons to purchase
. Like I said, I need the experience