In the current economic climate you may ask yourself: 'Can I afford to go sailing?' It has the reputation for being an expensive sport - but it doesn't have to be. There are many ways that the canny sailor can save money both in his choice of boat and in his sailing style. There are plenty of bargains to be found out there; you just need to do plenty of research and really know what you are looking for. Don't be tempted into an impulse buy. The owner may be offering it at a knock-down price - but there may be a very good reason for this. My chapter on DIY surveying will guide you through the minefield of initial boat selection and will help you to save money straight away by avoiding bad boats.
1 WHAT TYPE OF SAILING WILL YOU DO?
2 DO I CHARTER OR BUY?
3 CHOOSING THE RIGHT BOAT
4 WHAT SIZE OF BOAT DO YOU NEED?
5 WHAT HULL MATERIAL?
6 RAISING THE CASH
7 WHERETO FIND YOUR BOAT
8 IS THIS BOAT SUITABLE?
9 DIY YACHT SURVEY
10 DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL SURVEY?
11 BERTHING ARRANGEMENTS
12 PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
13 SHOESTRING CRUISING STRATEGIES
14 THE ANNUAL REFIT
15 PAINTING THE HULL
APPENDIX: BUYING A BOAT-THE FORMALITIES