This is one of the cool things when buying your own sailboat - Cool Change Sailboat First Solo Trip - Beneteau 411 out of Marina Puerto del Rey in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. This was my first solo trip. It was a short motor-only trip since it was my first time sailing a boat bigger than a sunfish.
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It was all new to me. Not knowing how to price a sailboat or how to tie brand, year, size and price together, it was not an easy task. I started to look into local sales and my base price at that time was $25,000 and from 1985 onwards. I was way off. I went to see some boats on that price range. It was clear I had to raise my price range and year of manufacture.
I continued looking for the best option. After some research online, I was clear I wanted a Beneteau or a Jeanneau. After reading reviews and all sort of data, they came out as winners. Also, I decided that I wanted it to be within 37 and 45 feet to accommodate a spacious and livable live aboard sailboat comfortable enough to fit my family if they wanted to stay over.