Jennie Phillips Sailboat February 11th, 2018 - 14:55:10
Sailboats are built sturdy and made to weather rough conditions. If you find a used sailboat with a strong hull, it wont be far off from a brand new sailboat. Other key parts to look at are the sails, lines, and mast. If these parts look good and the basic structure of the sailboat is sound, then there is no need to buy a new sailboat. If the sailboat comes with a suspect engine, weigh the costs of a new engine and how vital it is to your sailing needs. Remember that these kinds of parts can always be taken out and replaced, but the hull cannot. The key in buying a used sailboat is research, research, research. Know your needs, know your budget, and search for a sailboat that meets your standards. If you need more help, there is a wealth of information online that can help you in buying a used sailboat.
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 break,and 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.
And on my opinion a wooden sailboat both feels more solid. The heavier wood lets the sailboat feel more solid in the water and thus a little bit safer. A sailboat is much easier to modify than a fiberglass boat. Just in case you need adjustments to your wooden sailboat, you need only lumber treated for boat use and little know-how. While with fiberglass, you are looking at either an impossible job or one that will require a lot of time and money if you are going to compare it with the wooden sailboat. And if you choose this kind of sailboat, make sure you have a complete inspection done of the entire boat, about and below. Always keep in mind that wood will require a lot of maintenance and must frequently painted or treated to keep intact.
Reviews Any popular sailboat brand should have a number of different reviews that are available for it that can help you to get an idea of whether or not the average customer in your same position... he made a smart purchase when they purchased a particular sailboat. There should be many reviews online, so make sure to look around and properly evaluate any boat before making a purchase. Reviews can be a very helpful tool when evaluating a product, but should not be the end-all be-all. Remember to keep in mind that oftentimes people that have negative experiences are going to be much more motivated to leave a review. This means that many of the reviews for products online or overwhelmingly negative.