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Started by Biosci777, Sep 03, 2023, 09:22 PM
Quote from: Captain Kidd on Sep 03, 2023, 10:44 PMI'm definitely in your corner. I'm a budget guy too! Sounds like you have a couple good leads. How about motors?
Quote from: Biosci777 on Sep 03, 2023, 10:47 PMJust curious, what make is your 21'?
Quote from: Frank B. on Sep 04, 2023, 10:52 AMAnother Mississippian who has lived both on the Coast and bumping the TN border. Not sure exactly where you are but there are plenty of decent sailing lakes in the North half. You mentioned the reservoir, but there is also Sardis, Grenada, Bay Springs Lake (my home port), Pickwick lake and up to the TN river. But truth said, you will find the best sailing if you trailer to the Coast. Winds much more reliable with National seashore barrier islands to sail to.Your budget limits your options, but I would go for the boat that is the easiest to set up to sail and to tow. Believe me, if it is difficult and time consuming, you will end up not doing it. I towed extensively for the first couple of years, then after that, at a marina at Bay Springs Lake, only coming home for maintenance every three years. The lake is nice, probably the best in the state because of no shoreside development, but that wasn't the plan.
Quote from: Norm L. on Sep 04, 2023, 01:17 PMHaving owned two turnkeys and two fixer uppers You had better enjoy fixing as much or more than sailing if you but one that needs work. There have been some here that really do like bringing a boat back to life. As i have taught in my class, with yachts it is not unheard of for someone to buy a worn boat for 1 bag of coins, put in between material and labor 3 bags of coins, and eventually selling it for 2 bags of coins. And the statement "thermo plastic cracked" scares me bout that boat. But keep up the hunt and look at as many as you can. There will be one that fits your needs. Now that we are coming up to the end of season in the frozen Nawth, boats will start appearing on good sites like here and Sailing Texas.
Quote from: Brian N. on Sep 04, 2023, 11:13 PMBiosci - The boats that you have in mind are all good boats, but check out any prospects very carefully for hull integrity. Lines, rigging and blocks may need replacing; sails can be hundreds of $$ to thousands $$$$ so factor that in as well........... I'm 66 YO and have a Precision 165 which is smaller than what you are considering. Set up and launch takes about 45 minutes when I'm alone. The mast and rigging on the 16.5 foot Precision is a lot lighter and easier than on a 20 foot boat (personal experience). So what I am saying is factor in your age, physical condition, and time at the ramp. Some boats are more difficult to set up than others and may require winches, poles, guys aside from the usual mast crutch. Good luck to you.