As a kid, I grew up on a cruising sailboat, spending five years with my family cruising throughout Central America. Upon putting both their sons in college, my parents left again determined to sail around the world,,,,which they did in 18 Endless Summers, detailed in their book, 18 Endless Summers. I too have gotten the sailing bug as a way to relax, escape, control and do something challenging that I can involve my family in, to spend time with them and at the same time have something uniquely ours. Not sure if this translates, but it’s clear to me.
So, two years ago I started a relationship with Windseakers/Yachtfinders Boat Brokerage of San Diego. Funny, I actually started working with him when he started answering my dumb boat questions and when I returned home, we finally met in early February 2013 and have been working together ever since. I like and respect Clark, because I’m clearly not an ideal client: I have little money, I have big dreams, I have little actual sailboat experience with a large blue water cruiser and I have no clear pattern as to what kind of boats I want to look at, besides sailboats.
But, I could never get my wife to agree to an actual purchase or even to putting in a loan approval request,,,so I had to keep looking at boats and gaining that valuable experience that comes from wanting. With over two years of looking at sailboats in the Southern California area, I’ve seen quite a few. My experience in looking at boats runs from multi-hulls to world famous globe girdlers that I have no business even lusting for, but yet I want to see them to figure out what I like or don’t like.
In working through what I liked or didn’t like, I’ve gone on boats in Central California built by Amel, I’ve chartered a powerboat in the BVI and captained her throughout the 10 days there and I’ve taken sailing classes in Southern California for the basics of sailing.
In the last three weeks, I’ve been on board four different boats that are offered through Windseakers: a Jeanneau Sun Odyessy 45, a Cooper 416 Pilothouse and a Newport 41. Offered by another broker, me and my wife looked at a Vagabond 47 and have seriously considered an offer on it, but we’re not there yet. A friend was looking at the Newport 41, I hope he considers it, as it looked like it was in decent shape. Basically, in all my reading and talking to folks I’ve heard that it’s best to get on as many boats as possible and even if you’re not going out on them, just getting on boats that might possibly be candidates for purchase is a good thing, as you see the different styles/makes and models and probably eventually find the boat that has the least amount of compromises that you can deal with; my # 1 compromise is money as I am fairly flexible with what I can put up with on a boat.