Originally Posted by andrei_ca
After some more discussion and reading, I might have to agree with those that suggested I go with what I can afford and get experience from there instead of going crazy with my first boat.
You posted some intelligent words!
Your initial post basically asked for a go-any-ocean bluewater
boat that would be a spacious live-aboard
and priced under $15k....LOL isn't that what everyone wants?
You were right to do some broad research
to start...sailing is a huge topic with too many sub-categories...from RC lasers to tall ships...there is always more to learn.
However, you seem to have started down a realistic path...which is...see whats available locally. If you want to keep your initial costs down you need to buy locally. That would ideally be Toronto, or maybe you are comfortable buying
anywhere on Lake Ontario
...or maybe even any Great Lake and even the Hudson
I'd also like to suggest you take a cruise
with Toronto Brigantine. Although their focus is sail training
for youth, I believe they do offer short adult courses/cruises. The practical experience would really help you, and you would be surrounded by like minded individuals. http://www.torontobrigantine.org/
As for particular models...the trouble you face in Toronto is that most of the boats there are racer/cruisers with emphasis on racing
. Fin keeled, lightweight, with huge sails
. You likely already know this, but Toronto gets NO WIND
. If will be hard to find a bluewater
boat there. And Atomic 4's are going to be the engine
on most of the (cheap) boats for sale
there. Good engine
for getting in and out of the harbour...but if you actually plan to go someplace (even up the lake) you should get a diesel
, and it'll cost you.
Anyway, as I said in a previous post, the ugly Pearson 30
would suit you well, if you can find one with a diesel
and can stand the decor below. The smaller C&C's are great sailing boats, well built, but most have a terrible layout below for living aboard
And finally...if you find something up at my end of the lake, I'd be happy to check it out for you, take additional pictures, and maybe even help with the delivery
to Toronto. You'll find there are several CF members on Lake Ontario
...and they are a great resource.