Sabre 28 ($7,000)
You might have seen this sailboat listed in our Boats Under $30,000 article. It’s listed here because, at the bare minimum, you can get one for $7,000.
The Sabre might seem a bit small as it sits at 28 feet, but don’t let it’s little stature thwart you. It’s a hearty thing with a moderate displacement/length ration of 278. This means decent stowage and an average sail area ratio (SA/D) of 16.6. This is a pretty decent performance under sail.
It handles easily, even if the mainsail is a bit smaller than the foretriangle.
TIPS ABOUT SMALL BOATS.
Owning a small boat can be great. There are plenty of advantages of owning a medium to small-sized boat:
- Cheaper rack fees for storage
- The option of storing it on your property
- Smaller boat = smaller trailer = smaller vehicle needed for transport
- Much more affordable than a larger boat
- Easier to clean
However, there are also specific problems that come with owning a smaller boat, including:
- Small craft warnings – when you’re in a smaller boat out on the rough water, you’ll end up running into much more trouble than larger boats.
- Small deck space – when you need or want some crewman with you on a small boat, there’s more of a chance that there will be an accident because there isn’t much room to work with.
- On a bigger boat, you’ll have more room for emergency equipment. On a small boat, there should be plenty of room for the necessities when it comes to emergency gear. The chances that you’ll need power anchor windlasses, dinghy lifts, bow thrusters, and stabilizers aren’t as big when you’re in your small vessel (in calm waters). However, it’s convenient to have the bigger emergency equipment if something does happen.
When you decide to buy a new boat, it can be like buying a car. It’s exciting, nerve-wracking, and it can also be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.
Make a list of the amenities you want, as well as a list of prices:
- What are you going to use your boat for? Which amenities do you need for those activities?
- What is the highest price you will go (including all of the extra fees and taxes)?
- How much do you have for annual fees? Insurance, slip or rack rental, etc.
- What is your ideal (realistic) price for the boat itself (including engine and trailer)?
If you want to look into used boats out of here, make sure you set aside a little money for a marine specialist. This person can look at the boat to make sure it is sound and seaworthy. Not to worry, At Omega water marine, our specialists do all the necessary inspections to make sure you get just the best delivered to you even at the comfort of your home.
Often, just the peace of mind is worth the price.