My requirements for a used boat
were to get a well equipped boat, that was not ancient, in
reasonably good condition, that met my financial target. Easy,
Some detailed requirements:
- Porta-potti (for extended day
cruising and overnights).
- Galley (can be minimal, but the
basics for water and food storage)
- No older than late 1970s model (I
figured that fiberglass sailboat design had matured by
the late 70s, and I did not want to get into a boat
that was lacking of these design improvements).
- Swing Keel or Other Shallow Draft
Design (My local harbor is shallow, and I also
like to bring the boat close to shore for anchoring).
- Outboard Motor included (reasonably
good shape and adequate power, 5+ hp.)
- Price less than $X,000 (based on
- Accessory Items (things like
compass, radio, anchor, safety gear, etc.)
- Good Working Condition (no major
- Manufacturer still in business
(this would be important for parts and technical support,
it is also a good indication of the success of the
- Trailer included (highly preferred,
but would factor this into the price)
Given this list of requirements, the search
began by combing through weekly advertisers, newspapers, etc. and
a candidate list was soon compiled.