Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
Whichever approach works best for you.
Reading and researching as much as possible is useful - but at the end of the day only you
can decide what boat works for you and to do that you need hands on knowledge. Relying on others (printed word or in person) only gets you so far, with boats and everything else in life.
But the good news is that pretty much anything you buy will do the job that 90% of folks want from a boat (leaving aside boat condition!). and no boat will be perfect so don't get hung up on finding the perfect boat that does everything you want (or simply think you want). What you need and want (seperate things!) will change over time anyway, not only as you learn first hand but also as your circumstances, use and plans change - that's just life!
Folks rarely buy the perfect boat (or as near as) first time around - but usually they buy more than good enough from simply plenty of research
, thinking and as much "hands on" as they can get beforehand. Some go on to buy "better", some keep trying many times! - others realise that what they have is in fact good enough. (and with boats plenty of opportunity to add wants - even if not everything on the wish list).
Nonetheless when it comes to writing the cheque you will
be taking a punt, how big a punt depends on how much time and effort willing to put in before hand.
Agreed and well said.
We are currently cruising for our second time, this time aboard a '93 Privilege
482 catamaran. Our first boat was before kids
, and a Downeaster 38 monohull. With the Downeaster we learned what we liked and didn't like, but buying
a catamaran the second time around, was like buying a boat
for the first time again. We knew nothing about catamarans.
We were saving every penny in order to make our cruising kitty last for as long as possible, so we didn't want to spend money on charters. And with kids
in the picture, crewing
wasn't possible. We did tons of research and took advantage of Multihull
Days at the Annapolis Boat Show
. While searching for our "perfect" boat, just getting onboard each boat with the broker
gave us a good feel for whether it was the right boat, or not. Now, even though there are pros and cons with every boat, we are very happy with our choice, and if we had to do it all over again, we would pick the very same boat.
s/v Full Monty