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Buying a Sailboat for a Couple

Buying the perfect boat for you and your significant other can be very time consuming and painstaking.  By answering a series of questions and putting your answers to work you can make the process much more stream line and pleasant.  Below is a series of questions that I get to my clients as soon as possible to help them in making the correct boat decision.  Some of these ask do you WANT and some ask do you NEED.  There are want items and there are need items.  Unfortunately, budget plays a role in determining what does and does not make it on the boat.

One of the first questions is are you buying new or used?

There is nothing wrong with a well cared for used boat.  Most boats can have a very long life when taken care of.  This is where you need to get to know a or have recommended a good surveyor to go over the boat from top to bottom.

Who will be going?

Do expect to have a lot of friends joining along the way?

Do you have pets?

Where will you be sailing?

Will you be coastal cruising?

Will you be blue water ocean passage sailing?

Will you be going for extended periods?  1 month, 3 months, 6 months 12 months

Will it be cold climate or warm climate sailing?

Will you be dockside every night or at anchor?

What equipment do you feel is essential?

Will you need a water maker?

Do you need a washer and dryer?

Do you need air conditioning?

Do you need a generator?

Do you need solar panels?

Do you need a wind generator?

Do you need an electric windlass?

What style of boat do you prefer?

Do you like classic lines or modern lines?

Do you like high performance, moderator performance or displacement?

Do you like a catamaran or monohull?

Do you want easy access to the water?

What rig configuration do you prefer: Sloop, Staysail Sloop, Ketch etc.

Sailing handling characteristics?

Do you like a traditional mainsail, an in mast furling, a boom furling?

Do you need lazy jacks or a Dutchman system?

Do you need roller furling on the headsail or hank on sails?

Do you need electric winches?

Do you need all lines led back to cockpit?

What level of electronics do you want?

Do you need the latest available chart plotter?

Do you need repeaters either at the helm station or at chart table?

Do you need sonar?

Do you need full monitoring of the boats systems?

Do you need radar?