The questions you have asked are really only answerable by yourself. But perspectives from others may help you gain better insight into those answers for you.
There have been a number of good posts here. I did read all, well, more accurately skimmed all, read most. There are some observations I'd make. Sailors tend to have a philosophy that you need to be able do your own work because "out there" you can't get a mechanic
. Well, that is a true statement if you are crossing oceans. But in the region that you have said you want to sail, it simply does not apply. You aren't far enough off-shore to really have that be a major concern. As others have had talked money
, I'll not repeat here.
I've been a boat owner for over 50 years. I've never had the budget to own a new boat
, sadly. But I'm addicted to sailing so I've had to make it work, always. Even when I was a starving college student, I owned my own boat. Over those years, I've owned a range of different boats and under a range of ownership
Here are some of my reflections for myself over all of those combinations. Shared ownership
, no matter the specific structure never worked for me. That is because I really like to set up my boat the way I want it. I want to go to my boat and know it is exactly in the same way as I last left it. When I loose or can't find something, I know I have no one to blame but myself. If these things don't bother you, and you don't really care about this, then these types of shared ownership options can be a $'s saver.
Do not underestimate the really good option of a decent trailer
sailor. I've had several and the monthly overhead that you DON'T have to pay is really nice! These boats also tend to be quite reasonably priced and if you look around you can find one in very good condition for a very reasonable price
. Caveats here, you should already own the tow vehicle or the cost of buying
that on top of the boat is a major expense. You should have a location, preferably at your house, where you can park your boat. That allows you to have an easy location to store it, and puts the boat right next to you so any work you may wish to do is a very easy commute.
Having worked on my own boats for the years I have, including a number of years when I worked as a professional on other peoples boats, I currently do the majority of the work needed on my boat myself. But I do not hesitate to contract
with a professional if there is a need in an area where I do not feel confident and want the work done both well and in a short length of time. I will typically look for a pro that will let me be there as they do the work and are open to having me ask questions about whatever system they are working on. There are two aspects here that have been my observation, one, if they are not open to this, they don't tend to be of the technical level I'm happy with, and two, it really helps me expand my own knowledge.
It would be my suggestion to find a boat that has limited or no modern navigation
electronic systems on it. Look for a boat that is structurally in very good to excellent condition. Not having the navigation
systems will lower the purchase price
and if you have a good engine, sails
, standing rigging, hull
, then you have a lot of navigation options for where you are sailing that are quite inexpensive. You will want a good autopilot
and depth sounder
so either the boat comes with those or you'll want to budget for them to be installed.
Tackle the projects you feel comfortable with to begin with and slowly grow into the model of DIY
or yard work that fits your specific comfort zone.