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BHI_Guy 15-02-2015 15:58

Re-entry in North Carolina
Hello from Coastal NC,

I am not new to sailing, but it has been 30+ years since I have had my hand on the tiller of a sailboat larger than 16 feet. As a boy, I sailed Sunfish in Choctawhatchee Bay, Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico. I crewed for my dad in his Catalina 27 for about ten years, but after I graduated from college, work and family (plus not being near a large body of water) ended my large sailboating experience. I've owned a Laser dinghy for fifteen years, and I've lake-sailed it and ocean sailed it, but now I want a large (30-36 foot) boat that could reasonably be sailed along the East Coast between Norfolk and northern Florida, and even to the Bahamas after a bit of experience and proper outfitting. This is something my dad always wanted to do but never had the chance to between work and health issues. I'm ready to re-enter the sailing world, and I'm at a point in life where that is possible from a time and money standpoint.

I cannot afford a new boat (of the > 30 ft size), and I've been looking in the less-than-$50,000 range for a good quality, seaworthy used boat. I will sacrifice comfort for quality, reliability, and seaworthiness every time. My dream is to get a boat this year, spend about one or two years getting acquainted with it in terms of handling, as well as outfitting it with appropriate equipment as necessary, and then sailing it down the coast to a jumping off point where my son and I can sail it to the Bahamas. Prior to that, I would explore the NC, SC, and GA coasts with my wife.

That's the dream. Suggestions on boats to make it happen are welcome, along with ideas about whether to buy a boat that is maxed-out with equipment, or to get a solid basic boat and add nav equipment, dodgers, furling equipment, etc over time. I've looked at a Tartan 34-2, a JJ Taylor Contessa 32, and a couple of Hunters that were somewhat worse for wear. I would of course bring in a professional surveyor before any purchase. I'm doing my initial boating course through USCG Auxiliary, and I know I have a lot to catch up on, but I can't wait to be back out on the water.

Hello to all,

fjwiley1 15-02-2015 21:06

Re: Re-entry in North Carolina have a good plan. There are boats out there that will do what you want. You say in the $50,000 range. Just me but you can find "the one" for 1/2 that and then use your other 1/2 to outfit with updated gear....go for it and enjoy....

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GordMay 16-02-2015 04:31

Re: Re-entry in North Carolina
Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, BHI Guy.

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