This is the first post in a new series I'm calling 'Stupid Questions New Sailors Ask Online.' There are a number of questions that are asked over and over again...
With so many different boats out there, how do you find the right one? Where do you start? What do you look for? There are thousands of threads in online forums asking the same question. I'm no sailboat guru, able to look into a crystal ball to find the perfect boat for you. But, I can talk about our experience and hopefully you'll learn a thing or two, including a few things not to do.
Our offer was accepted on a Morgan 382! The boat is in fabulous condition, but still needs a bit of work. Fortunately she doesn’t need repairs, just finishing.
There are literally thousands upon thousands of boats on the west coast, and we can’t find one to fit the bill? Up until this point, we had limited our boat search to catamarans, with a price tag of $50,000 or less.
We’re off again to see another catamaran — this time to Seattle. We fly from San Diego, hop a few trains, ride a couple ferries and even inflate a paddle board to get to the boat, which is moored on Orcas Island, in the San Juan Islands.
It’s all coming together. The surveyor just emailed us the official survey report, which means we can sign the Acceptance of Vessel agreement, sign up for an insurance policy, and schedule the closing.
For one blissful month, we believed we had found our sailboat. Our offer was accepted, the survey went fine, and Jack, the current owner, had started the woodworking punch list we requested be finished prior to closing.