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The maxim "Keep
it simple and keep it small" is worth
keeping in mind.
This will not only affect the initial
cost of buying a boat but
will also affect
the cost of maintaining and mooring.
And you can still have an awful lot
of fun on a
it just takes a bit of organising.
Naturally it will depend to a great
extent on the type of
boating you plan to do and the kind of waterways you plan to sail on,
as the length of time you want to spend away from the marina or
If you have long term cruising
or live aboard plans then
clearly you will need different accommodation, equipment, etc, than
simply want to mess about on a boat for the odd day.
Buying a boat to Live aboard
Buying a boat to live-aboard is such an
individual choice, rather like
that appeals to one person may be an anathema to the next.
And it is important to separate any
romantic notions form
Before getting too carried away by
dreams of tropical isles
and sunny seas, think carefully about your needs.
Cruising and living aboard for many
is more about the lifestyle
than fast sailing.
Yet for others a quick passage
between anchorages is
important and motoring rather than sailing is the rule, so a strong
is a must.
While size will dictate the costs,
having enough living
space for comfort, and don't forget storage, is going to be important
It is all very well assuming that you
are going to cruise in
warm climates and will spend much of your living time in a large
inclement weather occurs everywhere.
And don't forget the importance of
having space for some
privacy if you plan to sail with others, even if you are close.
A minimalist approach to cruising is
more attainable for
those who can maintain their boat as well as being able to cope with
One of the advantages of buying a
boat, especially a wooden
one, which needs fixing up is that
you will have an intimate knowledge of her construction and will feel
competent of maintaining and fixing her.
cost of restoration
can be spread over the time span of the rebuild, however time is
to bear in mind.
All that 'must have' electronic
gadgetry is another
consideration, the more you feel you need the more space, battery power
charging ability you will require.
It is better, when buying a boat to
focus on your budget
constraints, and find a boat to fit that first, rather than trying to
your budget to suit the boat.