As the name suggests I am brand spankin' new to boating/sailing. Let me apologise in advance for the giant wall of text below. I live in Sydney
and have loved the water
but never had to the opportunity to get a boat and get out there. I have been on a boat and loved it but there is also a big difference between doing something once every so often and doing something 3-4 times a week.
Now my situation has changed and I am in a position to perhaps get the boat of my dreams
The only problem is that I literally know nothing!
I have just completed my "learn to boat" course which was a 1 day course on basic boat safety
and general rules/guidelines here in Sydney
According to the papers Im all set to buy my own boat and plough the seven seas.
However, I know that it is not that easy!
So I thought Id come here and pick a few brains and ask a few questions and get a few opinions....
Here is what (I think) I want so far:
I would like a boat with an enclosed toilet (preferably a standup shower
but Im not fussed), Id like something with a comfortable sleeping area for my partner and I, with the ability to spend anything up to a week or two on board without needing to return to land. I want something with what I think is called an enclosed cabin
(where you can steer the boat without being outside getting your head
blown off by the wind) or a flybridge (I think is where you have two cabins). Ideally, I would like to start off with spending one night on board and cruising around Sydney Harbour, Then as experience gathers, move to spending a few nights off shore, followed by a week trip to Queensland
and back and eventually (after gaining years of actual experience) go from Sydney to Vanuatu
, and back again. Please bear in mind that I have no idea if these things are even possible - this is just my dream. As for how often I would use the boat, I only work half the year so I would like to think that I would get out onto the water
at least twice a week during spring and summer. Maybe not so much during winter, unless I had enough experience to head
up to the tropical north. I am not sure if these estimates are realistic or not though as I have been told that however often you think you will use the boat, divide it by three and then half that again, and thats how much you will actually use the boat.
1) Are there any boats out there that fit the above? I have looked at some online and found that I seem to like Whittley Cruisemasters and Bertrams Flybridge. Are these my only options and do these even fit my criteria?
2) How important is hull
year? My max budget
appears to be approx AUD$60k with my most likely spend probably in the vicinity of AUD$30k. This means that I can probably only afford boats around 1980-2000. Does this mean the boat will disintegrate mid-trip? I understand that you should use a marine surveyor
a boat and I fully intend on doing so but Id still like to know if hull
year is really going to make a difference.
3) Since I plan on taking my time to actually pull the trigger and buy a boat, I am hoping to get some experience out on the water in the mean time. It is quite hard to line up friends and get them to take you out on the boat (I work shift work so Im usually free during the week and not on the weekends). Are there other avenues available to the public, in order to gain experience on the water? Ive found heaps of sailing courses and this is something I would definitely like to do eventually, I would rather spend my time now, learning
about the type of craft I plan on getting.
4) I have seen a few posts online from people who say "Why bother owning a boat when you can just hire one for a fraction of the cost, with zero maintenance
hassles?". Whilst this makes complete sense financially, I find that the rules placed on you when you hire a boat (cruising locations for one) outweigh the financial burdens but that could very well be complete ignorance talking. Is this method really what I should be doing instead of diving
in head first into boat ownership
I think thats all for the moment
Any other useful tidbits of information would be greatly appreciated
Once again, sorry for the massive post