Been lurking for months and recently registered. Great forum.
First, allow me to compliment you all on your patience with the endless threads from those (like me) seeking advice. The aggregate knowledge here is astounding and your willingness to share it is very kind.
I am in the market for a boat
and am seeking suggestions. Details would be great but if you just want to post a list for consideration that would be most helpful, too. I don't mind doing the research
(been doing a lot for the last couple months).
45 years old. Been sailing since I was a kid. Taught sailing and raced on Flying Scots for years. Have about a dozen charters as skipper
behind me on the Chesapeake and in the Caribbean
on boats ranging from 30 to 44 feet. I owned a J-24 for a few years about 15 years ago. The J was almost new and required little serious maintenance
or upgrades while I owned it. As a boat owner
(especially in the 30'+ range) I am inexperienced.
The sailing I'll be doing:
Exclusively on the Chesapeake. Daysailing, 2-3 nighters and the occasional weeklong cruise
. 2-4 people for the overnights. No kids
. May sail solo at times.
What I am seeking: Monohull
. 30'-34'. Likely a sloop
but will consider alternatives. I don't want to sail a pig but high performance will take a back seat to comfort. To the degree possible I'd like to not get a complete "fixer-upper", but I know I'll be looking at older boats.
$50K (total including anything I need to address after purchase).
I also have two specific questions:
To what degree can a deal be had by buying
a boat at the end of the sailing season (factoring in that I might only get a few sails
in before incurring the cost of yanking her out and putting her on sticks for the winter)?
What's the market like right now? Is the economy making it more of a buyer's market?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.