You want a boat so you can use it, right?
Well, buy it if it's good and spend a couple of weekends at the boat cleaning
it up and getting everything working well. Stock it up with all of the safety
equipment- life jackets, VHF
, flares, all that good stuff. Make sure you have at least one anchor
that is as big or bigger than what the charts
recommend with an adequate rode
. Now that it's all safe and everything works, get your friend to go with you and go putt around for a weekend and learn the boat a bit and figure out what else needs to be fixed (it's a boat, don't tell me everything works still).
Now plan out your route
. activecaptain shows all the marinas
and all the charts
so you can plan.
Now that you're all well acquainted, go back to the boat with your friend and motor
it up the river all weekend and move the boat as far as you can towards your destination
by Sunday afternoon and tie up at a marina, have a beer
, and go home for the week. That's what you call a great weekend. Many people spend a lot of money for a weekend like that.
The next weekend, you get to go back to your boat and have another great weekend moving the boat closer to home, and so on. You'll see a ton of things that you would have never seen any other way.
This is gonna be FUN!