Hi new guy
I just bought a 26 foot boat
so im a month ahead of you.
Peice of advice ill give ya on buying
a used boat
on a budget
is to keep it simple. When i was asking around to people in the know i was advised to get the boat pulled out of the water
, to get a diver to inspect the bottom, to call up a surveyor
, have a sailing instructor come up to sail on the test sail... All of which wouuld have driven the cost of my purchase
up by 50%.
Key is to see if the boat has been looked after by the currrent owner. Check the cockpit
drains to see if they are clogged with debris (means the current
owner hasnt just neglected her) check the cabin
everywhere for mould and mildew, all the stowage compartments. Spend a few nights on the boat before you buy, make sure everything works (youd be surprised how things can work
when you first try it but how things on a neglected boat can fail after you use them a few times) and check the bilge
each morning and night to see if and how muchh water
she takes on)
There is a book i found very helpful called "the sailing bible" i took it aboard for my first few nights on the boat which helped me to familiarize me with the lines and sheets
by tracing them as it explains all the key controls and how they operate.