Brave boat people of the dangerous republic of Ballard!
I've got some questions regarding becoming a boat owner. Answers and general advising appreciated.
What might be a good type of boat to fit these "needs":
1) not a sailboat
2) trips to the islands, never out of Puget Sound
3) fishing for those reddish fish on the totem poles
4) maybe, maybe, maybe a little tow-sport fun (but fairly low on the list)
5) not super slow
6) not terrible gas mileage
7) not necessarily sleep aboard - probably would bring camping gear and camp on shore
8) but hey, sleep aboard in a pinch why not?
9) 1-4 people about the usual load, six fro short cruises maybe
10) comfortable lay out
11) enough indoor/covered space to be warm/dry/happy in our occasionally crap weather.
12) seaworthy, perhaps enough to explore boat-in-only surf-spots along the straight.
13) modern - don't mind maintenance but don't want to make a hobby out of restoration.
I'm looking to buy with three other parties. That said, we aren't looking for prestige in a first boat, just ability to do the above things. We'll have a built in savings mechanism in our agreement to upgrade to the next boat when it's time and we really know what we'd like -- for now just want a low capital investment on a USED boat to get feet wet.
So what might be a good direction to look?
Mooring: a boat small enough to trailer is fine, but there are group members who don't have the vehicle to pull a trailer, so we'll need a slip. Any advice on relatively economical places to keep a (probably under 24') boat? Is there a big difference between salt and freshwater as far as docking goes?
okay enough for now, thanks