If you like the sea, and feel like emulating the sailors of old, you might prefer sailboats to motor boats.
Sure, motorboats are faster and more efficient. But they do not give you that satisfaction of mastering the elements that a sailboat does. It is really an accomplishment to make a boat move in the direction you want using only the winds and sails.
However, unfortunately, getting a new sailboat can be quite expensive. If you do not have the money to spend, you might want to consider getting a used one. They can be really cheap compared with the price of a new one, specially if you are willing to sacrifice a bit of image. In a way, it is like buying a used car. It would not feel or look as good as a new one, but if the motor and the interiors are ok, it will get the job done for a fraction of the price.
You can always buy a used sailboat from another person. These boats are easy to find if you live by the sea or near a big lake. However, unless you are an expert in sailboats, you run the risk of being sold a less than spectacular sailboat or a defective one.
That is why it is sometimes a good idea to buy your used sailboat through a sailboat trader. It is much better if you buy from a sailboat trader that has been around in your area for quite a while, rather than a sailboat trader that has been recently installed.
The main advantage of getting your used sailboat through a sailboat trader, rather than from a private person is that it will give you a guarantee that you will be able to claim later in case there is a defect or a problem with the sailboat. In addition, a sailboat trader will fix the boats it receives before it re-sells them, and make a profit in the process.
Another advantage of buying your sailboat through a sailboat trader, is that the sailboat trader will offer you packages that will include things you would probably need, such as insurance, freight or a trailer.
A sailboat trader will also help you getting all the permits and legal papers that you will need. They do it all the time, and they probably will offer to do all that for you for an extra fee. If they offer this service, it is usually a good idea to take it, as you can forget about it and it is just normal every day work for them.
Of course, you can do all those extra steps yourself, if you have the knowledge and experience. But if you do not, a sailboat trader might be what you need to get you started on your way to enjoying the sea.