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Ivy Bonner Sailboat February 06th, 2018 - 11:24:07
If you want to experience the freedom of sailing and moving gracefully through the water with nothing but wind power than buying a used sailboat is your ticket to getting there. With so many sailors on the water - and owners growing out of smaller boats or down-sizing from bigger boats - there is currently a booming used sailboat market. The sailboat of your dreams may be on sale right now just waiting for you to find her! Buying a used sailboat can be a safe high value bet if you know what to look for. Search for sailboats that were kept for many years by the same owner. This means that even if the boat was not meticulously maintained - though many are - you still have access to the history of the sailboat and what kind of conditions it was exposed to.
There are other advantages too. Fiberglass boats usually have separate keels that are bolted in place. The bolts work in the retaining holes in the hull enlarging then slightly and after a few years you are likely to get leaks. Worse still if you press your sailboat really hard the bolts can breakand you lose the keel. This happens quite often in racing and can happen to cruising sailboats as well. The keel of a steel or aluminum boat is formed as part of the hull so it cannot come off - and the ballast of lead or steel is encapsulated inside where it cannot move. If you are looking for a 20-28 foot sailboat to cruise around rivers estuaries and a little offshore cruising then fiberglass is fine. But if you want to go further or you want your boat to be of a particular design choose aluminum or steel. Many firms offer excellent designs for metal sailboats and some offer sets of panels that you weld together - or have welded together - usually complete with instructions.
When you first start looking at sailboats you will realize that there are lots of options. There are so many different types of boats that it can be pretty confusing when you are first getting started to have a boat. But in reading this article will help you narrow your choices. And a wooden sailboat still advisable to have it and along those same lines wooden sailboats are usually more environmental-friendly. And even the technology may help cars and improve everything there are some things that are better left old fashioned and wooden sailboats just might be one of those things.
Search for boat listings in your local classifieds whether in a paper or online. There should be direct contact information that will allow you to have a one-on-one conversation with the sailboat owner. This personalized approach to buying a sailboat will help you gather information about the sailboats maintenance record. If you get along well with the owner he might even extend a price break - owners are often attached to their sailboat and want it to end up in good hands. So when you get serious about buying a sailboat consider searching for sailboats that are for sale by the owner. You will get all the vital information from the person who knows the sailboat best - and you might even get a chance to haggle.