I've spent the last year or so teaching myself to sail here in the south Puget Sound
. I don't currently own my own boat
; instead of buying
one right away I decided to join a sailing club (Island Sailing Club) and take some classes
first, to make sure it's not just a romantic fantasy.
A year has passed and I'm still on board, and getting to the point where I have a budget
, I have goals, I know what style of boat
I like, and I am starting to feel somewhat confident about sailing.
I'm really attracted to the sturdy and classic
looking designs of Pacific Seacraft
, Island Packet
, and Gozzard sailboats.
I will use the boat for a couple years of Puget Sound
sailing for the first few years, followed by my ultimate goal of a long trip up the inside passage
, then across a respectable amount of open water
to the Queen Charlotte Islands. Lots of this will likely be single-handed.
I spend a lot of time looking at boats for sale
(on the docks and online), and came across this one
, a 1980 Pacific Seacraft
Orion 27. I love the looks of it, it's in my budget
, the size is right (I'm a minimalist), it appears to be very well maintained and upgraded, and my gut says yes.
So, I thought I'd run this past the experts here and ask for your enlightened opinions. Do you have experience with this specific boat? Assuming it is indeed in good shape (will survey
of course), does this boat appear to fit well with my goals? Is it big enough? Is it missing anything obvious that I would need? Does anything jump out at you and say "BAD IDEA"?