Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in Sailing New England On the Cheap, Selecting a Boat

Selecting a Boat

 

 

One myth about sailing is that it is prohibitively expensive when, indeed, there are boats for all price ranges and travel goals.

 

 

 

 

One can purchase a “day sailer” for approximately $5000 to $10,000.  This type of vessel will offer plenty of fun and opportunities for exploration on weekend trips.  It can be attached to a trailer and brought to the water as desired.

Day Sailer

Day Sailer

 

At the other end of the spectrum are 30 to 40 foot cruisers which sleep 4 people and can sail around the world.  They will cost from $50,000 to $150,000.

30-40 Foot Cruiser

30-40 Foot Cruiser

 

For a mid-priced boat, consider a “pocket cruiser.”  These are boats that can sleep two people comfortably and can accommodate four people for a day trip.  They run in the $15,000 to $25,000 price range.   There is a good supply of used boats, many built in the 1960’s.  Gino and Carolyn chose a Cape dory built in Taunton.  It has a fiberglass hull that looks like wood and teak trim.  It is a safe, seaworthy boat with a large keel.  Boats of this kind have been sailed around the world.

Pocket Cruiser

Pocket Cruiser

 

When choosing a boat, be sure its engine runs well–this is an expensive item to replace!  Be careful in making a selection; if possible, bring a mechanic along with you to help assess its condition.

 

 

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