Tip 1: Budget Planning

First of all, it should be make the right budget plan and the right choice for the budget. Buying a used sailboat is more than a self-assessment rather than choosing a boat for sale. You should consider not only the brand, size, and type of the boat but also the cost elements, as well as the possibilities that will cost you in the future. Check out tips for things to consider below.

Tip 2: Budget Allocation

Focus on the total purchase costs of the sailboat. It means the purchase price plus the repair costs you have to pay after you get it. The most important rule is to use only 50% – 60% of your boat budget to buy the sailboat, the remaining money from the total budget should be used for necessary renewals. The common boat purchase mistake is not to allocate enough money for revision. Also, consider a one-year maintenance budget before purchasing. A boat will not make you happy that you can not sail.

Tip 3: Decide on a Sailboat Type

You have decided that you want to buy a used sailboat, but there are hundreds of brands and models. How to choose? How can you select the features that you should have from those you can live without? The answer is to draw up a list of how you plan to use the boat. What do you do when you imagine your life with a new boat? How long do the trips take? Where are you going? Who will be on the boat with you? You probably have answers to at least some of these questions. The answers to these questions will keep you focused on the layout and life arrangements of the boat. After all, a yacht is a home away from home.

Tip 4: Visiting Boat Shows

Boat shows are an excellent opportunity to see specific yacht brands and models. It is a great opportunity to do your research by seeing the boats and gather brochures from dealers and find sailboat brands and models. Boat shows give you the opportunity to consult hundreds of people. Many boatbuilders bring the boats to the boat show for you to see closely. In this way, you will clarify the features you expect from the second-hand boat and the manufacturer.

Tip 5: Cosmetic Illusion

Don not be fooled by the wide variety of equipment and cosmetic looks. Most equipment on the boat needs to be replaced. Every owner will tell you that their boats are perfect and well-kept, but in fact, this may not be the case. Also, brokers and sellers are aware that cosmetics help sell boats. Similarly, examine and question newly made repairs, which should raise suspicion for the buyer. Newly-made repairs may indicate that the boat has a major problem.

Tip 6: Defining Size

Nothing can provide comfort more than size. Everything can be changed within the limits, except for the size of the boat. However, the size will increase the cost and maintenance expenses disproportionately while bringing comfort. Focus on waterline length rather than boat size. Length matters because the size provides more storage space and more accommodation, and longer boats tend to sail faster. Larger boats also provide the ability to recruit additional crew for long trips.

Tip 7: Rig and Engine

Major repair costs will likely include rig and engine. After 15 to 20 years, it will be necessary to pull the mast, upgrade the rigging, inspect corrosion and cracks, and strengthen the rig as necessary. The general rule is to replace everything with new rig and equipment for long-term offshore use. The paint makes masts look better but usually hides corrosion.

Tip 8: Perfect Cruise Boat

As stated at the outset, no matter how big the budget is, there is no perfect cruise boat. Moreover, the idea of ​​an ideal sailing varies with experience, purpose, and age. Boats are always under construction. For offshore sailing, especially boats with stern cockpits should be preferred. Jib furlers and electric winches make life easier but can also bring cost and maintenance issues.

Tip 9: What is Behind Teak Decks?

Beware of fancy carpentry work and liberal use of external teaks. It is beautiful appearance appeals to the eye, but does not make the sailboat perform better. It is expensive and time-consuming to maintain. If you don’t have deep pockets in the hull, avoid teak decks. Teak decks are usually replaced when worn, teaks can be screwed or glued after about 10-15 years of use.

Tip 10: Safety First!

Take safety seriously, regardless of your budget or size of your sailboat. This means an EPIRB, certified emergency life raft, SOLAS-rated life jackets equipped with harnesses, a VHF radio with AIS, bilge pumps, and even a satellite phone if traveling offshore. Of course, an autopilot, an SSB radio, a big screen chart plotter, a Wi-Fi router, etc. But first, buy the life raft for emergencies and this will be life insurance for your loved ones and crew.

Tip 11: The Last Tip to Buying a Used Sailboat Is So Simple:

Unless the sailboat inspires real passion, keep looking for buying a used sailboat. If the boat does not grab you 100%, it is not your sailboat and it will not belong to you. You may have the money, but if there are one or two things that are doubt above, just look for another boat. The same goes for buying cars and apartments.

A sailboat should bring peace and happiness when sailing on the sea. It should be sailed regularly and passionately. Sailing boats are toys that need to be polished and maintained. Think over them before buying a used sailboat. Otherwise, you just spend money and time.


  1. Thanks for the advice
    Best wishes A novis to saling ,
    But want to lern to sail and buy a boat.
    Is age 50 to late to lern

  2. Why would 50 be too late to learn? Take some ASA courses, sign on as crew at local yacht club, charter, or buy a smaller boat (around 20ft) to start out.


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