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Old 26-11-2014, 12:50   #1
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A Veteran of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard I am a single guy, recently retired looking for a small sailboat to live aboard and learn to sail. The ideal boat is 30-35'. I need the hull to be sound and livable from the start but I am a quick learner, quite handy and can fix almost anything myself. I hope to find a boat in a slip that is transferable. I prefer a boat that needs repair so I can become familiar with the systems. Location is not a big deal. I have $9,000 cash and I am open to owner terms.
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Old 26-11-2014, 13:47   #2
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Re: Ready to retire on the water- Boat Needed

Dinomontana63,

As you start looking at boats, you'll find mostly fixer-uppers at that price range, and I think they're harder to re-hab than houses.

You're a relatively new member here, I see, so let me make a couple of suggestions, please:

1) Before you turn loose of your hard earned cash, read the thread called "Surveyor 101" here on CF. It will give you some ideas of how to look at boats.

2) If this is your first sailboat, you'll be able to get a better, smaller, boat at that price.
Look at the costs posted for re-engining--if small enough, and if designed for it, you can get by with an outboard. Also, check costs for new sails and rigging.

If you tell us more about where you want to start your sailing life, just your preferred region, the CF'ers will be better able to offer advice.

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Old 26-11-2014, 14:46   #3
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If I can keep slip fees and groceries under $800 per month I can afford $1000 per month to pay any outstanding balance.
Thanks for considering this request!
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Thanks for your reply and your advice. I want to end up in the Caribbean and eventually the Pacific, but I will begin most likely on the East Coast (Annapolis region) as that is where the most reasonable prices are. There I will learn to sail and fix her up. I will check out Surveyor 101.
Thanks again.
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Check out the Pearson 30. Give to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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a 25 ft with trailer is big enough for one person and easy to sail
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Keep trying to negotiate with those two Morgan's listed. Either would be a great live aboard and built like a rock. They are worth a bit more then your $9 k but you never know what they will take. Anything short of $ 15 k is a great deal. $9 would be a bargain.

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