I have been a very careful spender my entire life. Finding a boat that met our needs within a small budget was a very difficult task. I quickly ruled out Yacht World and other dealer websites because brokers tend to ask more for their boats. Instead, I focused on owner sales on websites such as Craigslist, which is where I found several potential boats.
Boat performance is a high priority since I’m coming from a racing background. We don't plan to live on this boat long term, so full blown cruising luxury is not as imperative, but still a factor. A solid hull and rigging is very important. The mechanical portions of the boat are not as critical as I feel more capable for a refit.
They say a boat picks it’s owner. We eventually settled on Winbrandt, a 1980 C&C 30. Hours before I had contacted the owner, he had actually turned his boat over to a broker. After examining the boat, I spent over month negotiating the final sale price. Now she’s ours, along with all the issues that come with buying a 32 year old boat.