I am currently looking for my first sailboat. In Feb 2019, I lost
my first boat
to the storm that hit Sewell's Marina. I fixed up an old Bayliner 2556 and it was damaged beyond repair
. I have saved up money
over the past 18 months and am now looking for a sailboat, which long term was always the plan
I am both nervous and excited about buying
a sailboat. Excited because I have dreams about doing an ocean crossing
one day and the sooner I increase my sailing proficiency, the sooner I can meet my goal. Nervous because when I purchased my previous boat
, it was very much emotionally driven and although it needed a lot more work
than I could have ever imaged, the knowledge I gained was incredible. My price
range seems to match up with a late 70's or early 80's sailboat, which will likely have a number of hidden issues that will pop up within the first year of purchase
. I plan on doing my due diligence and have the vessel fully inspected before purchasing
. I have learned about a few red flags
when even looking at posted photos of boat for sale
in the hopes I find a boat that was well taken care of.
I have been a member
of RCMSAR for a little more than 5 years, it's been a wonderful experience and the training
has rapidly increased my on the water
is always #1.
I look forward learning
from everyone on the forum and hope I can contribute to help others along my journey.