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Posted 19 August 2015 - 01:30 PM

And go. I want something around 20 ft so I can trailer it.
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Posted 19 August 2015 - 04:44 PM

Money pit.



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Posted 19 August 2015 - 05:28 PM

I plan on maintaining it myself and have a good hook up on parts, so cost won't be that big.
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Posted 19 August 2015 - 11:48 PM

sailboats are awesome. monohull? what make?


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Posted 20 August 2015 - 03:22 PM

Monohull sloop. Don't really care about the make as long as it is 20-25 ft, capability to sleep 4, and provisions for a marine head.
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Posted 20 August 2015 - 03:42 PM

I would only say that you should step back and evaluate the purpose practicality of one, and how often you will truly use it.  I see sail boats that never get touched, and that seems to be a common thing.  Take them out a couple times (if that) in the summer and store them the rest of the year.  Seems like a big commitment to not use very often.   

 

That's why I've never purchased a boat, ends up being a money pit and big hassle to keep around all year to use it only a handful of times in the summer.  Although those are totally different things, other than they both float on water...hopefully.

 

 

However, if you're super close or even on the water and/or you will use it a lot, then go for it.  If its practical to you and your desires... Hard to step back and really see the practicality sometimes, when you want something really bad. 


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Posted 20 August 2015 - 03:44 PM

That sounds like a lecture, that wasn't the way I wanted that to come across.  My bad. 


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Posted 20 August 2015 - 11:40 PM

It will be used very frequently up here. I'm not land locked with Bellingham Bay opening up to the San Juan islands, Victoria, B.C., and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

As for being a money pit...ehh...I have a factory hook-up for parts (sails, rigging and such) and can do all the labor myself, including the fiberglass work.
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Posted 21 August 2015 - 08:12 AM

Time is money. 

 

It could be a lot of fun to have around and sail on.  If you think it's worth it, go for it.  I have zero experience with a sail boat so can't comment toward actual use and up-keep of one.  That could be pretty helpful before owning one. 


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 09:26 AM

I enjoy working on all my toys.

I've never owned a sail boat either, but I've been sailing many times and I love it. I'm too the point where I'm tired of having to rent or beg to crew on someone else's boat. My wife's grand father has given us a Sunfish 14, but you can't spend the night on that.
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Posted 22 August 2015 - 01:22 PM

After research it looks like an older MacGregor 26D (daggerboard) or 26S (swing keel) would be perfect. A plus is that they only draw 18" of water with the board/keel up and they can be "parked" on a sand bar at low tide. When the water ballast is drained the boat only ways about 1600 lbs, so my truck can easily haul it anywhere. And there are a bunch for less than $6000.

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 05:17 PM

looks like a boatload of fun


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 11:45 PM

Such a fag. Buy something you can rent out to some 20 something year old sucker. Act your age.
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Posted 23 August 2015 - 01:12 AM

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:47 AM

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 11:19 AM

After research it looks like an older MacGregor 26D (daggerboard) or 26S (swing keel) would be perfect. A plus is that they only draw 18" of water with the board/keel up and they can be "parked" on a sand bar at low tide. When the water ballast is drained the boat only ways about 1600 lbs, so my truck can easily haul it anywhere. And there are a bunch for less than $6000.

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You truck will def pull that easy.  I have an 02 Frontier, v6.  Pulled a dual axle car trailer and several different models of cars. 


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Posted Yesterday, 05:39 PM

Going to look at a 1984 MacGregor 25 tomorrow.
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