Originally Posted by capt_douglas
I bought my first boat after looking at three. I knew the POs and knew the boat well so it wasn't like I didn't know the boat.
Fast forward to 2010 and I'm about a year into the search, have actually accumulated some air miles, dumped a lot of tanks
of gas into the Jeep, and while I'm closer, I'm not there yet. I do know what I don't want and perhaps more importantly, where to look on the boats I'm interested in.
dilemma is that a bid I got rejected on has dropped the sale price
$8K in a few months and now looks appetizing. The problem is while it has a blue water
pedigree it has... issues.
I've done a lot of reading, research
, and crawling but there are boats out there that have high recommendations but aren't for sale
(or don't last long enough for the ink to dry on the contract). Those really intrigue me.
Having done the older boat once before I know what I'm getting into, but I'd probably tear a newer one apart as well. I want to sleep at night and not knowing every inch of my new home keeps me wondering at night.
after nearly 3 years of searching, we have finally put money
down on a boat. We wanted a catamaran
to sail the Caribbean
. Instead, we are buying
a classic monohull
and sailing the Pacific NW. We can't wait to close the deal and get on this classic
, 1981 42' monohull
located on the border with Canada
That said, check out the Fast Passage
39 in Anacortes WA on yachtworld.
1980 Fast Passage Cutter Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
40 of these boats were manufactured in Canada
. We were on the one in Anacortes, WA and almost bought it. Because the cockpit
is just a little bit smaller to accommodate ocean passages, we didn't buy it. We want a large cockpit
to loll around in as our boat will be a live aboard
. The difference in cockpit size is put into interior
This boat in Anacortes is one of the cleanest and prettiest boats we have seen in 3 years of looking. The cabinet work
is some of the nicest and most professional of any I have seen during this search. It was tough to walk away from that boat.
It is reasonably priced and has no projects.
If you can change where you are looking and consider a slightly different boat model, you may suddenly find you are very happy with your new choices.
We have found the boats in the Pacific NW to be in somewhat better condition than Florida
, as a generality, because the tropical sun is so hard on boats. It's nice to get up here and see these older boats in good shape.
Just a suggestion.
Good luck with your search.