Originally Posted by Nikkie
I'm VERY new to the boat world. I'm currently looking to buy a trawler with my partner. Any advice on what to look for or ask while on our search for our dream liveaboard would be greatly appreciated! We are up for the adventure. Tips on organizing, maintenance, anything are all welcome. Thank you in advance.
Hi Nikki. Welcome aboard TF. I see you're from SF, my home prior to moving to Florida 16 years ago.
Buying a boat is a mating dance. Different boats for different people. Some want something similar to their home, others want purposefully austere surroundings. Best bet is to find a way to walk on as many boats as possible. Id also caution that tastes change as you progress through the boat ownership continuum so you may have a couple boat purchases before you land on The One. A lot depends on your lifestyle.
You should find a marina first. I really liked my time at Emeryville. Weather in Alameda was nice too but Emeryville was super convenient.
For a starter boat, if you want something big enough to liveaboard, a 36-foot trawler such as a Grand Banks 36 is a classic and easy to use. But that's just a start. There are literally hundreds of alternatives.
Best success in your search.