As an 18 year old I was working over 100 hours per week (night and weekends construction site watchman) and I was surfing every morning after getting off work
at 0700. I wanted to learn to sail, so I bought a pretty little 31' Scandanavian sloop
. Like an over-inflated Dragon.
I motored out into the middle of San Diego
Bay, shut off the outboard
, and raised the sails
. Then I figured it out.
Not the method I would recommend, but it does explain the significant gaps that remain in my sailing ability!
You have gotten some great and good advice, and I have little to add, except:
, but underequiped boat is more expensive than one that has the gear
you want (make a spread sheet of the stuff you want, cabin
with holding tank
, genset, solar panels
....... and make a column for the estimated retail price
for these items, then use the list to come up with comporable costs for boats with different levels of equipment
. Don't forget sails!!)
While underweigh, never approach anything at a speed faster than you want to run into it. Also, hitting cheap
boats is preferable to hitting really shiney ones.
You will run aground. Practice looking calm.
You will make your biggest mistake in front of the largest possible audience. Practice looking calm.
Don't throw stuff, lots of it won't float.
Keep your options open. Buy a boat with the idea that you will want to wash it, wax it, and then flip it and make a profit. Don't fall in love with it and then negotiate accordingly. Just remember, fiberglass will never love you the way you love it.
Have fun. And keep posting
as you walk through this process.