I know, I know, laugh. I get that there’s probably no such thing, right? I just got back from a week of learning how to sail a real live schooner with real live, you know, ropes and stuff. (Lotta ropes on that thing! And they do get up damned early for that 12, 13, 14, 15 hour day, eh?) My boyfriend before I left said “Sweet! When you come back you’re totally gonna get a sailboat!” and I said “Ha! There’s no way. A boat is a hole in the water you pour money in, and people never use theirs, and it costs money just sitting there, and you know the outdoors is kinda gross and sticky, and you can’t just go down to the docks and buy a schooner off somebody anyway and that’s all I’m going to learn how to do.”
So, uh, maybe the BF was right a little bit? Anyway, I’m looking into sailboats maybe. Not in any serious manner. Just looking. And before I bought I’d definately take all the classes I’d need (any information on that would also be helpful - before I got on this enormous traditionally-rigged schooner I’d never even been on a boat with a sail on it! I learned a lot but not enough to run a yacht!) and any “purchase price” would have to include the price of all the necessary safety equipment.
So… how much does a little sailboat cost? One for two people to scoot around on Lake Murray on? Tell me about them - what does more money get you? What are the materials? (I just spent a week having a great affection for wooden boats drilled into me, but I probably couldn’t afford one, I know. You should see them build 'em at the Wooden Boat School, though! It’s, ah, “wicked awesome”!) How much is maintenance? How much can a mechanically unadept person do herself? How much of a time commitment? How much for storage?
Basically what I’m looking for is a ton of information on “Baby’s First Sailboat” and some price estimates of what it would cost to get up and running and then maintain the thing. (And when I say “cheap sailboat”, cheap isn’t ten grand. I’d say, what, maybe two thousand absolutely tops? The other question being, is there even such a thing existing in my price range, of course.)