Originally Posted by SBNDom
Hello! Iím new to the forum and have been out of boating for 25 years. My wife and I are looking to get back in now that our two kids
are out of college and we have more time and a little more $ (not much). We would like to have a fresh water
cruiser/yacht that offers some descent room to entertain, but would like to spend less than $90,000.
Our concern is that we are finding a lot of boats in the 30í-36í range that are from the mid90ís to very early 2000ís, but wonder; ďHow old is too old.Ē We plan to dock
in the southern Lake Michigan (St. Joseph, MI). Any thoughts from those of you who have purchased your share of used boats? Although we have some experience with boating, it has been so long that we just donít know what we donít know. Are there certain things we should stay away from? Look for? We understand the requirement to get a good survey, but donít want to pay for a survey on something we should have known that raised a red flag.
Thanks in advance!
As you are planning for Lake Michigan waters versus offshore
sailing and are judicious in checking the weather
before sailing your latitude in selection is maximized. I lived in St. Joseph many years ago and understand the boat
will be hauled every winter.
Look at as many boats as possible...then look some more...you can't see too many boats. Take your time and make each viewing an outing for her. Take notes and photos. After a while you and your wife will have a good idea what you need in terms of size and comforts.
I would stay away from the following: wood deck/mast/hull, bowsprits, v-drives, saildrives, turbo engines, centerboard
keels, iron keels, painted decks/hulls, iron fuel tanks
, aluminum tanks
that are not elevated off the bilge
, and shallow bilges.
I have not mentioned many, many items on purpose. Don't be fooled by electronics
, gadgets, and toys. A seaworthy boat
is most important.
Once you have selected a few go to saildata.com and review their individual specifications and ratios. Understand what you are buying
Age is only a number but condition is paramount.
My last boat came with a very low hour engine
and my present boat with a new engine
and I haven't been sorry.
Try to buy close to home to eliminate any transport coasts.
Call your insurance
company to get an estimate on boat insurance
. Do the same for your marina of choice before purchase
Lastly, there are always tradeoffs...no boat is perfect.
~ ~ _/) ~ ~ MJH