Hi! If you're selling your boat
and you want to make sure it'll continue to be loved, appreciated, and well cared for, this might be the posting
and I are looking to buy a boat
in or around May or June 2021. We are on the waitlist for a 40' liveaboard slip
in Friday Harbor, WA, which we expect to secure in early July when we move out there from NYC
. We're currently in the phase of shopping
around and learning
as much as we can about various types of sailboats that interest us, and about the process of buying
one during a pandemic.
Here are the general specifications we're interested in, and a description of how much flexibility we have on them:
availability, we are looking in the $50-100k range. Our move is planned for late June/early July, so the closer to that date we are able to finalize our purchase
, the better, so as to not be taking on excess monthly costs.
The Port of Friday Harbor allows a 2' overhang, and we expect to be renting
a 40' slip. 36' is the minimum length permitted for liveaboards, which gives us a roughly 8' window for LOA
. There is a chance we could go to 47' overall if we're able to jump to a larger slip, but we're not sure if that will be an option and anyway we'd prefer to keep slippage costs down.
As we will be making this purchase
almost entirely remotely, our anticipated costs include delivery
. In order to make this a reasonable proposition, we will probably need to limit our search to boats located in the Salish Sea (between Seattle
and Vancouver). Canadian-based boats may be restricted due to Covid, but we'll see what the climate looks like in late spring/early summer and don't want to rule
anything out yet.
We plan to live aboard the boat in a marina for at least several months while we build a home on land. We'll have our hands full, so we don't really want to take on another project
. That said, if the boat needs some minor adjustments in order to prepare for blue water
cruising but is perfectly ready to be lived aboard in a marina otherwise, that's a proposition we could easily entertain.
We require at minimum, two separate cabins with doors (containing one single
and one double berth, respectively) and one head
with a shower
. We are a family
of three (two parents and an 8yo) and living in a small apartment has taught us exactly how much privacy we would ideally like. If your boat has more heads and cabins than this minimum, that's even better!
OTHER FEATURES WE'LL NEED:
-A way of comfortably heating
(and possibly cooling) the cabin
without littering it with additional gizmos would be ideal. We are likely to be living aboard
in cold conditions.
-A working refrigerator
, not just an ice box, would help us keep food
fresh and cut down on time-costly shopping
trips for perishables.
-A good, working engine
that does not need imminent repairs
would give us peace of mind.
OTHER FEATURES WE PREFER:
-Layout: a galley
that runs lengthwise from bow to stern, with bench and settee all around a table in an open salon
, appeal to us because we enjoy cooking
and eating all together, and don't anticipate needing to do too much of this while underway on open water
. However, this isn't even close to being a deal-maker for us. We are well aware of the advantages that a wrap-around galley
can provide, whether at sea or while docked.
top with a wraparound enclosure could extend our use of the cockpit
as a living space into the colder months.
-An arch or davits
would add to the ease, convenience, and aesthetic of keeping our dinghy
-Good, working, and accessible instrumentation would add peace of mind and accuracy to our navigation
-A swim step creates a convenient means of access via the transom, and while most sailboats have beautiful rear ends, I am very fond of a "backless entrance".
-The clean look and ease of use of a furling mainsail
is very appealing, but not required.
-We'd like to have a reasonable complement of good working sails
, with at least a mainsail
and two different types of jibs.
-When we do finally hit the open seas, we'd like to be able to generate at least some of our own power with wind
-My wife is very faithful but what turns her head
are dark-colored hulls. Just thought I'd throw that in here. I have to admit, they look very classy.
Lastly, we don't have a lot of money
to spend upfront. This will be the most expensive thing we've ever bought. This boat is going to be our full-time home for a while, and we hope to keep it as a forever home-away-from-home after that period. We are creative professionals who value good design, beautiful aesthetics, and mechanical ingenuity. We want a boat that we can take pride in, and we fully expect to treat it with as much love and care as we would if we'd designed and built it ourselves. I add this in the hopes that you feel the same way about the boat you're selling.
Please know that we scour Yachtworld regularly for boats that meet these specifications. If you want to share a Yachtworld (or similar) listing, we would be so grateful for some additional commentary on why that boat would be right for us.