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Old 20-09-2020, 01:22   #1
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Local knowledge

I am running a parallel thread on another topic but it bears a conversation of a different consideration. Knowing your area with regard to disposing of a boat when your days draw to a close. How is your area positioned for buyers? None of this is to suggest no one should purchase a sailboat as life may take a turn to preclude your continued exploits. Hell, if we all did that life would be pointless. Would that we have a crystal ball we could determine what disruptions would occur and make decisions accordingly. The questions to consider before making that big purchase encompass the area you intend to home port. How is the health of the sailing community? Is it vibrant attracting young people or is it gray haired fogies like me. Are the boats being actively sailed or are they primarily floating cottages? Is the local population growing indicating upward mobility or is it shrinking indicating an area in decline?
Are docks readily available or are there waiting lists? What are some of your thoughts on the health of your sailing community? Local knowledge is key. How will you handle disruptions of your plans?
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