How simple can it get?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Desire Resort

Now that the New Year is here, and it is cold out side (maybe even some snow) One can only dream of a tropical breeze kissing them on the cheek. If you are looking for an affordable getaway that only takes a few hours to get to, then Desire resort in Mexico is the place to venture.

This clothing optional resort is an all inclusive resort that includes everything including your drinks.
There is plenty of activities to keep you busy including snorkeling.
But if you just want to kick back and enjoy the spa, or lie out by the pool and let the icy fruit drinks take your stress away, then that is your option too.

Take on the night life and get your dance on and become that wild animal that has been eager to be let loose. The dance floor is hot, and the light show is seductive!

Sleep in in the morning or get up and watch the beautiful sunrise wake up. Its all your choice. Its about you.

So next time the weather man calls for single digits or a chance of snow again, call your travel agent and book a hammock at desire. may just keep you from going mad !

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How to Open a Bottle of beer

Ok, so in my last post I had found some really cool Corona flip flops and I was talking about how cool it would be to have a bottle opener the heel. But I figured everyone knew how to open a Corona without a beer opener. But... Well what if you dont? I mean no really Some folks may not know how to snap the top off of a nice cold Corona therefore getting really angry of not getting to drink

So I went on You-Tube and found a few clips for you guys to help re-leave the stress of not knowing how to.

Oh, and some notes, that some of these ideas are not recommended by me at all! You will see the ones that I am talking about!
Also after viewing the videos, I noticed there was none opening Coronas. So I would assume that everyone that drink Corona knows how!
And last but not least. First check to see f your bottle just twist off before you go through all this!! LOL!

Using A Piece Of Paper

This one I recommend and have tried. It is a little difficult like it is shown, but with practice becomes easier. Also to make it somewhat simpler, especially when drunk, You can place the thick paper against the bottom of the ca while holding it tight and hit the bottom of the paper with your palm and if the paper is tight enough it will just pop off.

Using A Lighter

This one is a good idea, but only if you have a back up lighter. Don't risk not being able to  have a cigar with this attempt.  But the trick is to Simply hold t tight and pop it quick. If you do it slow, all you will do is chip your lighter.
Most cases is that it works on the first 3 try's

Using Counter Top

If you have ever opened a beer without a bottle opener, this one is the one I would assumed that you have used the most. Its the easiest and safest (unless you chip the wife's counter, then its not safe anymore, just saying)

This is also recommended that you use quick motion to release the cap.

Works great on the edge of a BBQ pit too. I even have a BBQ grill with one on it, but I still use the edge of the grill! LOL!

Using A Chain Saw

Not recommended. Yeah I guess if you need to look cool and  like to get noticed,. But it takes time to get the saw, (and if yours is like mine, takes forever o get it started)

Makes too much noise for a time that should be quite and relaxing.

Also it spews oil along the chain. Do you really want to have that kind of favoring?

But hey, I guess if you had nothing else! (still woudn't do it! )

Using Your Teeth (Really?)

Not sure if there is a comment on this one. Unless you are on a deserted Island and there is no rocks are wood or anything, I just cant see this as an option But I am not brae enough to chip my teeth in attempts to impress someone. Although yes it looks cool, and I can see how that will definitely draw attention to your table (not sure it would get you laid). But again sometimes you have to know these things

There are other videos on how to use Cd's, and spoons, and car keys and everything under the moon, so just do a search if you are looking for new ideas to open the bottle.

Corona flip flops

Found these on Amazon
Thought they're really unique. They also have different designs and they have them for women too. 
Now if they can just put the bottle opener on the bottom of the heel we will be set, lol! But of course true Corona drinkers know of many ways to open a Corona right?!
If anyone has bought these flops, please let us know, and how they fit.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Florida is getting on the map for Clohing opional and nude beaches

   Florida is definitely getting on the map for clothing optional!

Everywhere you look there is a new resort or a new place on the beach where it is accepted.

Nudity is no longer just related to sex. It is a frre move and is becoming very trendy and accepted.

If you havent tried it, its time!

This video was found through

Hotel Desire Costa Rica (clothing Optional)

Hotel Desire Costa Rica a Resort Clothing Optional

Come to the Hotel Desire Costa Rica for a true clothing optional experience. You’ve got six acres to enjoy and make the resort your own as if you’re at home! This clothing optional hotel is centrally located in the San Jose valley, almost equidistant from the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, which makes it convenient to the many attractions and adventures Costa Rica has to offer.

Resort Clothing Optional Vacation Memories

Hotel Desire Costa Rica Clothing Optional Resort Pool
The hotel’s grounds can make a clothing optional vacation a lifetime of memories – there’s two clothing optional pools for nudist swimming, cabana beds for nudist sunbathing, the upper pool is next to the hotel’s bar and restaurant that offers a complete international cuisine menu, while the lower pool has a poolside bar, there’s a naked Jacuzzi area to relax in with cooling tropical breezes or under the stars at night, a Games Villa offers an equipped fitness facility, pool billiards table and an open to the air table tennis surface with a barbecue bar and viewing are immediately behind. There are numerous walks and paths through the grounds, such as to the tennis court and palapas, along where you’ll find the many exotic flowers and birds native to Costa Rica.

Clothing Optional Experiences & Excursions

Hotel Desire Costa Rica Resort Clothing Optional
This resort clothing optional not only offers a clothing optional experience on the property, but also clothing optional nud beach and toples beach excursions. There’s lots more to do from the hotel’s central location including, volcano and rainforest tours, visits to the jungle and coffee plantations, and for the energetic, canopy zip lining, whitewater rafting, ATV touring, and of course, surfing the Costa Rican coastline.

The Hotel Desire Costa Rica is a tropical resort clothing optional set in a unique resplendent setting where you can enjoy the clothing optional lifestyle while appreciating all the natural wonders that clothing optional Costa Rica can offer for nudist travel.

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We are pleased to bring you an experience that will be memorable at the our Hotel, on the grounds and in the lush Costa Rican coutryside, and all this country has to offer.
Hotel Desire Costa Rica is the perfect choice for an au naturel experience in the tropics, with all the conveniences of home - it's as if you're at home at Hotel Desire La Catalina.

Come as you are to Hotel Desire Costa Rica

Friday, August 3, 2012

Nude beach travel tips

I found this interesting Article from Caribbean Travel + Life.
it gives pretty simple but true tips that we all can relate too if you ever have been or thinking about visiting a nude resort.

Share if you think this is going to be your destination for this cooold winter! BURR!

During Caribbean Travel + Life's recent trip to Cancun's Desire Pearl nude beach all-inclusive in Mexico, CT+L contributing writer David Lansing learned this expert advice if you ever want to travel like a nudist.
by David Lansing
When I e-mailed a friend who had recently visited Desire Pearl, asking her what I should bring to the resort, she said, “Come with a very open mind.” This wasn’t exactly the advice I was looking for, but in hindsight, it was spot on.
A visit to a clothing-optional resort demands you lose your inhibitions, as well as your swimsuit. Oddly enough, however, after a couple of days, I found the sight of so many nude bodies only slightly more erotic than the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues I used to hide under my bed in high school. The imagination is a potent erotic stimulator, and at Desire Pearl, there is nothing left to imagine.
Some other observations: Despite the fact that the booze was free, it seemed like people drank less here than at conventional Caribbean resorts. Especially the men (for, perhaps, obvious reasons). And there was a much more congenial atmosphere; within 48 hours, I felt I could pretty much greet everyone by their first name. Guests invited me to have a drink in the pool or go for a swim in the ocean, and if they caught me eating alone at dinner, they’d insist I join them. That never happens to me at typical tropical resorts.
In short, everyone seemed really normal — in a good way. So are these people on to something? I don’t know. But I’m open to finding out.
DO: Groom extensively. Head to toe.
DON’T: Come with a “duck.” A duck is a decoy meant to lure other ducks to come in for a landing. People here know the difference between a significant other and a duck.
DO: Check out the theme nights in advance so you’ll know whether to bring your ’70s disco outfit or something from The Arabian Nights — or both.
DON’T: Assume everyone is into the swapping life (they’re called lifers). Lots of couples just like to vacation where they can be naked (they’re called naturists).
DO: Spend the day at the original Desire, in Cancun. Free shuttles run between the two resorts, and there’s no additional cost for food, drinks or scheduled activities at the other Desire.
DON’T: Bring the kids.
DO: Bring a wad of dollar bills for tips. Tipping isn’t necessary, but if you slip a dollar to the pool girl handing out towels, you’ll likely find your special chaise lounge miraculously reserved for you every morning and your favorite cocktails arriving before you even ask for them.
DON’T: Be a Vinny by being overly aggressive. Be a Sam: polite, fun and entertaining.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Nudist Resort Sees Boost In Business As Temperatures Rise

I found this article CBS Local and thought to myself how finally it is acceptable to be a nudist without getting the cold shoulder from friends and family (well maybe friends,lol)

WILTON (CBS13) – Temperatures rising means business is booming at a place where folks are letting it all hang out.
“I tell you Dave, if you have friends who live in a nudist colony, tonight wouldn’t be a bad night to visit,” I said.
It was that comment to Dave Bender during Wednesday night’s broadcast that sparked an email from a nice lady.
Kitty told CBS13 the naked truth.
“It’s a nudist resort, not a colony, silly. And business, thanks to the area’s heat wave, has never been better,” wrote Kitty.
CBS13 ventured out to Wilton to Laguna Del Sol on, yes, Rawhide Lane to see how these sun-drenched skinny dippers are soaking in the summer sizzler.
“Obviously everybody wants to wear as little as possible when it’s hot. It’s too hot to mow the lawn, and you see people going where there’s water. And this is just a great place to go,” said Suzanne Schell, a visitor.
Suzanne and her hubby, Wayne, have been urging people to come out of their shell for years, but fighting through the stigma of being a nudist hasn’t been easy.
We asked Wayne what is the biggest misconception about nudists. He replied, “I think they think it’s a sexually oriented recreation, and it’s not.”
The Schells call this 250-acre resort family-friendly; and even though they’re nude, dude, no shenanigans are allowed. It’s just good clean fun.
“It’s a recreation like any other campground or resort. We have archery here; pickle ball is really popular right now; water volleyball,” said Wayne.
Archery might be kind of dangerous.
Their sense of humor was easy to find. Where would they hide it?
Lisa Flannery isn’t hiding anything. She’s one of 80 full-time residents of Laguna Del Sol and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s absolutely heaven, every day. When you come in here to come home, all your stress is left at the gate,” said Flannery.
Others say being here fuels their “fountain of youth.” From hopping on a bike to enjoying the scenery to soaking in the pool, it got us thinking, “Who was really the fool on this 100-plus degree day?”
“I know you’re definitely hot. It’s time for a swim,” said Lisa.
No, I didn’t jump in, but I stand corrected. This is a resort and the people are as friendly as they are free.
If you’re ready to have a ball and come out to Laguna Del Sol, there is a day rate. Everyone’s welcome, and don’t worry about what to wear.
And, this boost in business comes during a perfect week. That’s because it’s National Nude Recreation Week

Friday, July 13, 2012

The love of Pina Coladas

   Here are a few great pina colada recipes. 

Some are drinks and some are food  delights.

We all enjoy nice refreshing tutti fruity drinks, but if we can have a fresh pina colada in a topped coconut, that is the bomb! Close your eyes with me <- ->  Now think about that hammock that you are lying in and the waitress wakes you up from a small nap handing you your fresh pina colada that you ordered. There is a slow breeze from the ocean and the sun is high up in the sky placing a wide shadow over you from the palm trees hanging  above you. How would that taste? I am thinking it would be pretty damn good!

  • Pina Colada Recipe – This top-rated recipe from Ms. Paula Deen sounds simply divine! You’ll need rum, coconut cream, coconut milk, pineapple chunks and slices and of course, ice.
  • Pina Colada Mojito Recipe – Emeril Lagasse kicks it up a notch with this tropical beverage that calls for Mint Syrup, unsweetened coconut milk, pineapple juice, raw cane sugar, coconut and pineapple flavored rums, mint leaves and ice.
  • Pina Colada Scallop Brochettes – Food Network’s Sandra Lee shares her delicious scallop recipe with you. You’ll need large sea scallops, frozen pina colada mix, light rum, fresh pineapple wedges and shredded sweetened coconut.
  • Pina Colada Smoothie – This refreshing beverage takes just minutes to whip up and is perfect for the entire family – no alcohol is included. You’ll need fresh pineapple chunks, banana, unsweetened coconut milk, honey and ice cubes.
  • Pina Colada Sorbet Recipe – This dish, from Food Networks The Neelys, uses pineapple juice, dark rum, coconut extract, shredded coconut, cream of coconut, whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar and pineapple bits. You’ll need a blender and an ice cream machine too.
  • Pina Colada Sundae – This recipe, from Rachael Rae, calls for butter, sugar, ginger, pineapple, coconut sorbet or ice cream, rum and cherries and ginger cookies for garnish.
  • Pina Colada Cupcakes Recipes – Gina shares her delightful sweet treat recipe perfect for all ages.
  • Pina Colada Cheesecake Recipe – Enjoy a slice, or two, of this delicious tropical dessert. This recipe, from the folks at Dole, has rum in it.
  • Pina Colada Cheesecake – This recipe calls for reduced-fat cream cheese, cream of coconut, rum extract, eggs, shortbread cookies, flaked coconut, fresh pineapple, apple jelly, sugar, 2% milk and butter. YUM!
  • Pina Colada Pie – Sandra Lee does it again with this exotic dessert. You’ll need coconut milk, rum extract, instant vanilla pudding and pie filling, whipped topping, pie crust, shredded coconut and pineapple-coconut nectar. Delish!
And if you like Pina Coladas, and who doesn’t, take a trip down memory lane and listen to the 1979 hit "Pina Colada Song" by Rupert Holmes. Happy National Pina Colada Day! Cheers!

National Pina Colada Day

This article was very enticing! We all have had pina coladas, But having them fresh is even better.
So as we celebrate national pina colada day which is a favorite of mine) Think on how to make your pina coladas even better and post them in the comments:)

The expression "it's five o'clock somewhere" might hold more weight today in honor of this national holiday. The official drink of Puerto Rico, a pina colada is made with rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice. The drink is believed to have been created by Ramón Marrero for the customers of the Caribe Hilton's Beachcomber Bar.
While the drink is delicious, it can pack a punch of up to 425 calories. Instead, opt for this lighter version at only 125 calories from Cooking Light.
Recipe: Lighter Pina Coladas
2 cups flaked sweetened coconut 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple 2 1/2 cups ice cubes 3/4 cup gold rum (such as Bacardi Gold) 1/4 cup pineapple juice 2 tablespoons light agave nectar 8 fresh pineapple slices
Combine 2 cups coconut and evaporated milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil), about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
Arrange pineapple in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze at least 1 hour or until firm.
Strain coconut mixture through a sieve over a medium bowl, pressing coconut with the back of a spoon to remove as much milk as possible. Discard solids.
Combine pineapple, ice cubes, rum, juice, and agave nectar in a blender; process mixture until smooth. Add milk mixture, and process until smooth. Serve with pineapple slices.
Visit for a step-by-step guide to this recipe.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pelican Bar

Pelican Bar

Pelican Bar, St. Elizabeth  

Pelican Bar, St. Elizabeth Pelican Bar - St. Elizabeth
Tel: 1 876 354-4218

If you are looking for the perfect "get away from it all" experience then look no further than the Pelican Bar, a rustic wooden bar built on a sand bank a quarter of a mile out to sea, half way between Black River and Treasure Beach. The Pelican Bar is the perfect place to spend the day being busy doing nothing, sunbath, drink beer, swim in the shallow waters, eat fresh fried fish or even bring along your fishing gear to catch your own dinner!
The Pelican Bar quite literally began life as a dream, local fisherman Floyd Forbes dreamt one night of a bar built out to sea, resting on stilts. The clarity of the dream inspired Forbes to set about building this bar, which he did by transporting large planks of wood on his fishing boat. In 2001 the bar was completed and it was named "The Pelican Bar" after the large flocks of Pelicans who rested on the sand bank. It was originally used by Floyd and his friends to sit and take a break from a hard day's fishing. However, it didn't take very long for the local hotels to recognise the enormous potential of this picture perfect serenity.
All was going well for Floyd until 2004 when Hurricane Ivan hit Jamaica. The Pelican Bar was totally destroyed by the storm and Floyd had no insurance to cover the cost of the damage. However, the bar had become such an established attraction that local business owners knew that Treasure Beach could not afford to loose it. The owner of Jake's hotel in Treasure Beach donated new wood and many others chipped in to help with the reconstruction. Within a month the Pelican Bar was back up and running.
Many local fishermen are able to ferry you over to the bar from Treasure Beach or Black River - just ask in your hotel. The 20 minute journey may not suit those with delicate stomachs but the destination is definitely worth the trip. If you're lucky you may even see dolphins swimming by your boat!

Caribbean Fly Fishing in the British Virgin Islands

Caribbean Fly Fishing in the British Virgin Islands
The Best Salt Water Fly Fishing in the Caribbean!


map of the CaribbeanThe British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a collection of 60 islands, cays and rocks forming the northern extremity of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean.  Mostly uninhabited, these islands set the stage for an adventure in salt water fly fishing.
Located 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Puerto Rico these islands have a balmy, subtropical climate. The islands of the BVI form almost an oval around Tortola, the largest island. They are volcanic in origin, with the exception of Anegada which is formed of coral and limestone and is the lowest lying.   On land, the BVI is endowed with fine mountain ranges, small valleys and little flat fertile agriculture land.
map of the British Virgin IslandsThe BVI offers pristine water, abundant game fish and idyllic weather.  Our base is located at Nanny Cay on  the island of Tortola.
Slow Paced, friendly and easily accessible, the BVI is "one of nature's little secrets".  Currency is the US dollar and English is the common language.
There are many routes available to get to the BVI. The usual ways are either to fly via San Juan to Beef Island Airport, Tortola or to fly to St Thomas, USVI and get the ferry across to West End, Tortola. It is also advisable to check out one of the many charter flights to St Martin or St Kitts and then get one of the island hopper airlines to Beef Island. European visitors can reach us from Antigua via island hopper. Please feel free to contact us for any further information as to how to get here.
Should you wish you can hire a small private plane or helicopter from San Juan or USVI at a reasonable rate.

The "After You" at dock in Tortola, BVI.

Caribbean Fly Fishing Outfitters
Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola
British Virgin Islands
Telephone/Fax (284) 494-4797
Cellular: (284) 499-1590

Friday, May 4, 2012

Rocalta Resort & Spa

The ancient Arawak Indians of Jamaica called the water "Aqualta" 
So, we call this wonderful  place between the rocks and the water  - Rocalta

Rocalta Resort & Spa

        . . .  your clothing optional alternative in Jamaica!

Rocalta is situated peacefully on two spacious acres of beautifully manicured grounds leading down ten steps to the sparkling Caribbean Sea in Negril Jamaica.

There are new "Vibes" at this intimate 30 room complex.  Re-invented this year as Rocalta Resort and Spa, we offer the best in All-inclusive and Bed & Breakfast vacation packages - and we are now clothing optional.

Invigorate yourself with some volleyball on our sand court, shoot a few hoops, snorkel or dive in spectacular coral right at our shore.  Take our free shuttle service to the famous seven-mile white sand beach of Negril, only two miles from Rocalta.  And, we are at the center of pulsating night-life along the "West End."  Recover with a massage at our Spa!  Our Concierge can arrange great local tours and attractions.
Do it all . . . or do nothing at all.  This is recreation meant for the soul.  Great food, open bars (restaurant and sea side), friendly staff, and gorgeous sunsets! 

Hotel Antigua

Hotel Antigua | Antigua Hotels by rex resorts

Find Yourself in Paradise at this Secluded Hotel Antigua


If you’re looking at hotels Antigua searching for a special Caribbean hideaway then the Hawksbill by rex resorts is the hotel Antigua for you. Set in 37 acres of landscaped tropical gardens, Hawksbill by rex resorts is one of those Antigua hotels that you’ll never want to leave.
This resort Antigua has four secluded beaches to offer its guests, including, for budding naturists, the only ‘clothing optional’ beach in the whole of Antigua. If you’re a beach lover and you can’t wait to get soaking up the Caribbean sun, then you’ll be a big fan of this hotel Antigua.
This hotel Antigua offers a wide range of accommodation options, including detached cottages nestled amongst the palms which look out to the sea. Larger parties travelling out to this resort Antigua will appreciate the colonial-style ‘Great House’. Located at the tip of the Hawksbill Peninsula, the ‘Great House’ is a private suite with a kitchen-bar of its own, in addition to three bedrooms and panoramic views of the sea.
Plenty of Activities to Enjoy at this Hotel Antigua
This hotel Antigua offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy for those who like to keep busy during the day, whether by the pool or on the beaches. There’s also plenty to keep you occupied once the sun goes down, such as local and international buffet-style dining at the Tamarind Tree outdoor restaurant, which is one of the most elegant places to eat at this resort Antigua. Those who prefer a la carte, meanwhile, will want to head to Il Vigneto Sul Mare, which provides pasta specialities and superb lobster (advance reservations required) for the ultimate taste of Italy.
Once dinner has finished, all that is left to do is sit back and relax whilst enjoying the evening entertainment at this hotel Antigua. Scheduled for certain nights of the week, evening entertainment here is authentically Antiguan, being located in the friendly and informal Tamarind Bar, with its panoramic views of the sea.
Hawksbill by rex resorts is a non smoking hotel.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Caliente in Dominican Republic

The Only Clothing Optional Resort In The Dominican Republic

Caliente Caribe is as laid-back or high-energy as you wish, and offers beautiful appointments featuring ocean views and direct access to its own private nude beach.  Because the entire resort is clothing optional, you can feel as free as you want, anywhere, any time.
Located near Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Caliente Caribe is an oasis of luxury in an unspoiled environment, where coconut palms sway by day and Club Caribe rocks by night - giving you a holiday getaway you'll not soon forget.

What about the Caliente experience?

Well put simply, it's whatever you wish it to be; but it's always the ultimate in clothing optional luxury! You can be nude, or not, - in luxury - anywhere you choose, and that's the essence behind the Caliente experience.
Hang out on the beach or in our magnificent waterfall pool, conversation pools and hot tubs. Nap in the afternoon under towering palm trees or lie out in the sun and totally lose those tan lines.
Nude on Beach Savor the taste of the Caribbean’s best casual and fine dining cuisines before dancing the night away in our high-energy nightclubs.
View our experience pages to learn more about Caliente Club & Resorts!

This #scuba diving video has gone viral around the world and it’s about ice diving - actually, it’s about pretending to be “Fishing Under Ice” in Finland

Try to top this video. What a great show!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

How to buy a used sail boat

Buy a Used Sailboat
Mirrored from wiki How
A used sailboat can either be an incredible bargain or a colossal wallet-drainer. Much depends on how sharp and informed you are during the buying process.
Here's what to look for (and walk away from) when you're shopping for your dream boat.



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    Take an expert with you. Some of the faults of a sailboat can look awful but are easy to repair while other faults are hidden and expensive. For a beginner, it's really hard to spot the difference. If you don't have a friend familiar with boats, consider hiring a professional. It will be money well-spent, especially if the boat is an expensive one.

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    Figure out what kind of boat you want to own before you go shopping. If you go looking at boats without a clear idea of what kind of boat you want to sail, you may fall in love with a boat that won't meet your needs. Think: Do you want to race? Then, buy the kind of boat people in your area are racing. Do you want to trailer it to distant cruising grounds? Then, restrict your search to smaller boats with trailers. Do you want performance or a big fat cabin? If you don't know the answers, you risk wasting your money.
  3. 3
    If you are new to sailing, look for a boat that is basically ready to sail away. Learning to sail involves lots and lots of sailing. Fixing up a junker boat can take months or years and won't teach you a thing about sailing.
  4. 4
    If you are interested in racing a sailboat, always hook up with local sailboat racers before you buy a boat. There is all sorts of obscure knowledge about racing boats that you will be helpless without.


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    Stick with fiberglass construction if you're a beginner -- most wooden boats require a good deal more maintenance and care, and damage and rot in wooden boats can be hard to find without a massive teardown and/or lots of professional experience.
  2. 2
    Check for: boat pox (blisters on the bottom); spongy deck; leaking chainplates; water running down the inside from the hull-deck joint; severe cracks around deck fittings and mast step; fittings pulling out of the deck; large gelcoat gouges below the waterline; cracks along the top of keel; wobbly rudder; wobbly driveshaft. These are all potentially expensive fixes.
  3. 3
    If the gelcoat looks dull or faded, make sure it just needs a polish and not a new paint job.
  4. 4
    Don't like fiberglass? Steel is generally unbreakable but watch out for serious rust. Concrete? Walk away unless you built it yourself.

Deck and Cabin

  1. 1
    In cabin sailboats, much more damage involves leakage of rainwater from above than seawater from below. Check for signs of leaking decks and cabintops, such as streaks, stains and mildew inside the cabin. Watch for gobs of sealant around the portlights (windows), which is a sign that somebody has been chasing down leaks.
  2. 2
    Leaking decks can lead to very expensive damage to the deck itself and to bulkheads below. Many fiberglass boats have decks with plywood or balsawood core material. If water has leaked in around improperly sealed deck fittings, the plywood or balsawood core of the deck may have delaminated and rotted. If you find spots or areas of the deck that are mushy in the least, run away. This is a huge pain to fix.
  3. 3
    Water damage and rot in the interior bulkheads and woodwork may cause more than cosmetic damage. In some boats, the chainplates (attachments for the rigging that holds up the mast) are attached to plywood bulkheads inside the cabin. In some boats, the interior woodwork holds up a deck-stepped mast. If such structural woodwork is water damaged, rotted, or otherwise unsound, be alarmed.


  1. 1
    Steer clear of rare or very old engines unless you're certain there's an adequate supply of parts.
  2. 2
    Do the Smoke Test: healthy diesels make small amounts of black smoke with some white on cold starts. Sick ones make blue or continuous white. Diesels are generally robust but require a strict schedule of oil changes. Bonus points for proof of maintenance.
  3. 3
    Check for fuel leaks and a working bilge blower in gasoline engines. Again, bonus points for maintenance records and a spare parts kit. Common ailments of gas engines: wet or worn-out electricals, bad points and plugs.
  4. 4
    Before the seller cranks the engine, check to see if it is already warm. If the seller took the trouble to warm up the engine before showing you the boat, it may be hard to start the engine when cold.

Sails and Rigging

  1. 1
    Take all of the sails out of their bags and spread them out. Look for chafing, repairs, stretches, pulled-out stitches and broken slides. Mildew is harmless but tough to get rid of. Check spinnakers for excessive bagginess. Hoist the windward sails and check for excessive draft and stretch. Remember that replacing the sails can cost you half the price of an old sailboat.
  2. 2
    Rigging will show the general quality of the boat's maintenance. You can pretty much count on replacing a lot of rigging on any old boat, though. Check for worn pins and shackles, unraveling wire, broken blocks, worn-out lines. These items are relatively easy to fix and replace, however. Winches should work smoothly, but if they don't, you can almost always get them running right with a quick cleaning and greasing.
  3. 3
    If possible, hoist all the sails and work all the halyards, sheets, winches and furlers.


  1. 1
    Check the wiring -- it's commonly done by people who have no clue about what they're doing. If you have no clue, then get an expert.
  2. 2
    Check seacocks. Beware if they're seized open.
  3. 3
    Look for leaks around portholes and hatches.
  4. 4
    Work the engine controls; cables and linkages should move smoothly. If possible, do a battery load test.
  5. 5
    Check spreader and mast lights. Listen for wires banging around inside the mast -- a sure way to lose a night's sleep.
  6. 6
    Dodgers and other canvas get bonus points for being Sunbrella and having unfogged plastic windows.
  7. 7
    Make sure safety equipment complies with government regs and in good condition. In the galley, the propane or CNG should be installed properly.
  8. 8
    Ensure that the bilge doesn't smell like a bilge.


  1. When bargaining, make a list of stuff that needs attention and refer to it when you make an offer. When sailboat owners sell, they've either got the hots for a bigger boat or they're getting out of sailing for good. In either case, they're motivated- so don't be afraid to lowball. If need be, walk away. Chances are you'll get a call the next morning.
  2. Find a reliable mover/transporter to transport your sailboat. There are hundreds of feedback-rated sailboat transporters on

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