Well, it seems we may be crossing to the dark side
. Due to some health
reasons we are considering selling the sailboat and going power. Our plan is to do next season on Nightcap in Vanuatu
and maybe New Cal
then back to NZ to sell the boat. After that, if the Aussie dollar is still high we will (hopefully) head
across the ditch to do some work in the mines or rigs and buy a fishing
boat with the idea of starting with a blank canvas
and convert her to a cruiser.
I am a marine engineer
so will be able to do the work myself and enjoy it in the process but would love to hear from people who have done similar in Aussie (cat man do, where are you?) with advice on reducing cost, pitfalls etc.
My initial thoughts are to go for a 45-50' semi displacement
ex cray boat in fibreglass. My reasons for semi displacement
are the ability to cruise
economically at displacement speed but having a bit in reserve to get ahead of weather
My apologies if I don't respond quickly to replies as we are still cruising Fiji
for another few weeks but will be around the internet