After the decision has been made to purchase a boat, there are lots of things to do to get ready.

First and foremost, what is your total budget? You need to establish a bottom line amount that you are willing to spend on this purchase. This is basically the total amount you are going to give to the dealer/seller PLUS the amount you will need to spend after the boat is in the water, purchasing items to make the boat safe and sail-able.

Once you know your budget, these questions are a lot easier to answer: Size, sail or power, new or used, make and model? Again, there is a plethora of information on the web to help (or confuse) you on each of these questions.

Sunday II was a brand new boat. The Marlow Hunter 33 was the cursing boat of the year in 2012 and the ASA used the Marlow Hunter 33 for their training courses. And it could fit within my budget. (In a later post I’ll explain why I would not buy another Marlow Hunter) ☹️

Once you have a general idea of the size of boat you are looking for and an estimated time line for the purchase, you might want to stop by a marina(s) and get your name on the waiting list for slips. Choosing a marina is a whole POST in itself!!!

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