One of Britain’s most successful Olympians is not a swimmer or gymnast, but a sailor. Sailing continues to be one of the most loved sports in the UK and as Ainslie continues to bring home Olympic gold, it will continue to draw in spectators and fans.
As sailing gains popularity more and more people look to purchasing their own boat. But the question is where to start? Choosing between a mono or multihull boat is a fundamental question you much first answer. Next you must decide whether to purchase new or used. We all like the idea of a brand new, shiny boat but the hard truth is you will get much more boat for the money if you will consider purchasing a used boat.
Then it’s time to get down to details and decide what you need in a boat. Start by setting a firm budget and sticking to it. It’s easy to add this, or change that and soon your boat will be worth more than your home. So, set a price you can afford to work comfortably within and hold to it. You’ll need to factor in berthing, mooring, winter storage and basic maintenance fees as well.
Next you’ll want to look at the construction of the boat. Boats today are constructed from a wide range of materials. GRP is the most widely used material today as it is sturdy, long lasting and easy to repair. While owning a traditional wood boat may seem romantic, it is also usually means more cost for maintenance.