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Old 29-04-2010, 12:34   #1
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College Grad from Georgia Looking for a Relaxing Year

Hello there sea dogs. My name is Michael and I have just graduated from college. In order to delay my entrance into the real world I've gotten the crazy idea to buy a small cruiser and spend a few months sailing around Florida and the Bahamas.

First things first, I need to learn to sail. Haha. I have a solid 3 months of work and plunty of time to learn.

Second step is investing in a quality "affordable" boat. I am currently looking at a few 25-30ft cruisers. If anyone has an opinion on these boats (good, bad, expensive, etc) please let me know. I am desperate for some non-biased advice. I will post the links to the boats in the next post, I am writing from my phone.

Third, cost. I can afford the price of the boat, food, gas, and other expendatures (alcohol). But I have no idea any of the hidden costs, dock fees?registration costs? If anyone can give me a list of actual costs instead of having to guess what they would be greatful.

If anyone has any advice, suggestions or even a better boat please let me know.

I can not wait to enjoy a long vacation on the seas.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:16   #3
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Of the boats that you listed the two builders I'm most familiar with are Cal and Pearson. I don't know why the Cal 39 has such a low price but if all it needs is minor TLC it might be a bargain. The Pearson is a good buy too.
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Old 01-05-2010, 13:04   #4
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Just a reality check. Cruising IS NOT a vacation and is frequently anything but relaxing. It is a life style, or maybe an adventure but a vacation is isn't.

We love the life style and laugh when people ask "what do you do with all your free time?"

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Old 01-05-2010, 13:35   #5
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Cal 36 in Ventura California $ 9,000. Good shape needs clean up and if I didn't have my DE32 I would buy this in a heartbeat. I have seen it it's on the next dock over from mine.
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Old 01-05-2010, 13:54   #6
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Cruising is much closer to camping than kicking back at a resort. Its definitely rewarding but not relaxing as you are imagining. I say go for it but ask cruisers what they are experiencing to keep your expectations in check.

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Old 01-05-2010, 18:17   #7
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Cal and Pearson are both good names. The 39 Cal seems like an awfully low price. If TLC only I would jump on it but be careful. There can be serious structural problems that are not obvious to a casual observer that could make a cheap boat more expensive than it's worth.

These could be hull to deck joint, bulkhead problems and wet/rotten core in the deck. If you aren't familiar with how to check for these problems it would be worthwhile getting a good surveyor. If you are going to insure the boat (required by a lot of marinas) you will have to have a survey anyway.

"Hidden" costs? Well could be many. Marinas usually charge by the foot. For 27-32' boat figure a min of $200-$300/month, more if you stay on board, have power hooked up and possibly a lot more if you are close to town, NOTE: unless they have changed the law recently GA prohibits living aboard your boat.

Engine maintenance like a car, change fluids, tighten belts, etc. but can cost more than a car. Major repairs, new sails, other expensive items are infrequent so hard to plan.
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