So, I've always been into boating. I have a canoe and kayaks, and have had lots of experience with motorboats as well. I'm hesitant to buy a motorboat because of the associated costs with running the blood-sucking motors...
Recently (as in over the last 5-6 months), sailboats have started to hold an appeal for me. It seems like a fun hobby to get into, and an interesting skill to learn.
I'd really like to skip the whole 'learning in an 8 foot tub with a sail' phase. I'm adept on the water. That being said, I'm not dumb and realize there is plenty to know in operating a sailboat that needs to be learned. I've got a friend with a boat approximately the same size as I would like to get, and I'll probably be soliciting his experience to help me learn.
I've been looking on craigslist, and there's quite a few older boats in the range of 22 to 27 feet. I'm looking for something probably $6000 and below. There seems to be quite a few in this price range, and even cheaper as well.
Something like this looks pretty appealing:
I've looked into moorage as well, at Reed Point Marina, and the rates are quite reasonable. At the bigger end, for 27', it's $2736 per year...only $228ish a month. And then as it gets smaller, it's cheaper.
I'm just wondering, what other costs are associated with a purchase such as this? Besides gas for the small puttering motor, regular maintenance costs for wear and tear, things breaking, etc...