If you love the ocean and working with your hands, then you are probably one of those people that prefer sailboats to motorboats. While not as fast or powerful than a motor boat, a sailboat gives its owner a sense of accomplishment, freedom and mastery of the elements that a motor boat can not match.
However, the romanticism of sailing has to give way sometimes to the reality of buying and maintaining a sailboat. Depending on the sailboat, a sailboat sale can be as expensive, if not more than the sale of a motor boat. Because of this, there are many things one should consider before going through a sailboat sale.
First of all, you should be realistic about the time and money that you will spend in your sailboat. In a way, a sailboat is for a man what a small puppy is for a child. They are fun at first, but after a while, when the responsibilities of keeping them around, some just want to get rid of them. Therefore, if you do not want your investment to end up in a sailboat sale because you almost never use it, you should assess realistically your interest in the hobby.
In fact, if it is the first time you are buying a sailboat, going to a sailboat sale is a good idea. A used sailboat at a discount will let you learn the basics of the hobby and train yourself with a much smaller investment than a new sailboat. Moreover, if you have a small accident or you damage your used sailboat in any way, it would not hurt as much as if it had happened to a new boat.
There are several sites on internet where you can find a sailboat sale. In addition, if you live near the sea or a big lake, you can also find a sailboat sale in the local newspaper. In fact, if you DO NOT live by the sea or near a big lake, you should really consider just renting a sailboat from time to time, instead of buying one.
Finally, when going to a sailboat sale, you should make sure you ask the proper questions in order to see that the boats you are considering are worth the investment. For example, you will want to know why the owner is selling the boat in the first place. Another thing you will want to do is take the boat for a test drive just like you would if you were considering a used car. This will let you know how comfortable you feel with the boat in the water and point out any obvious operating defects it might have.