Is an under 50 foot powerboat circumnavigation
. Cost ~$300k cash, good credit. Time 2 years.
going around via Suez and Panama
canals is about 29,000nm. At 6 knots average speed a 2 year trip is about 25% time underway. There is opportunity to stop in over 40 countries.
The boat is full displacement
, dry exhaust
cooled. The 6 knots comes from the waterline length of ~38 feet, and ~100hp is a big enough engine
to achieve efficient hull speed
. It has average economy of 2.7nm/usgal. That is between 2 to 2.5 usgal per hour. Fuel
capacity is 1200 usgal for safe range of 3000nm at the average speed of 6 knots. Total fuel
consumed is about 12,000 usgal which also assumes about 1000 gallons for a generator
The boat is comfortable and relatively low-stress to operate. It has radar
, anti-roll system (fins and/or paravane fish), air-conditioning, generator
, wing engine (off-center extra engine with folding prop), fully enclosed pilothouse, 5-6 cubic feet of non-cold plate freezer
space, washer/dryer, inverter
maker, and dive compressor
. Electricity is plentiful to run everything. Underway electricity comes from an alternator
, at anchor
it is from batteries charged by a generator that uses a relatively small percentage of the fuel that is used for propulsion
. Toss in some solar
cells, and power is even more abundant. Assume relative newness of components, some backups, and a certain willingness to live without certain luxuries if needed.
of boat needs to be in the 700k range, and paid for with a mortgage. After 20% down payment on a 20 year loan they payment is in the 3k range. Insurance
will be about 10k per year. Mortgage, fuel, and insurance
are the 3 largest components of the budget
. A usual cruising budget
, activities, and misc. can be relatively, or even a very small part of the big 3.
An important trick of all this is the 2 year timeframe. The powerboat allows passages in adverse or minimal winds. The average speed means you have enough time to enjoy ports
of call. Assume ship-shape components before you leave, reasonable amount of spares, few breakdowns expected and minimal long-term maintenance
to worry about. You need to sell the boat when you get back, and you even might get a little bit of the 20% down payment back.
So I did this, and it mostly worked. The only deviation is the wife and I loved the boat so much we decided to make it our permanent home and we are making payments try to keep her and cruise
again. The quality of our cruising experience was great. We enjoyed the luxury and comfort. You can say we burned the candle brightly. It was worth it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I cannot tell you how many sailors and other folk tell me this plan is crazy, incredulous, or even impossible. Usually because they assume boats like this do not exist. They assume all powerboats consume 45 gallons an hour and have engine reliability
of a sailboat. Or that the only way to cruise
is for the rest of your life to be happy. It is definitely not bargain basement cruising, but it is also well within the budget of many people who buy cruising boats and dream of traveling the world. It is an alternative that is not for everyone, but I do feel like I need to evangelize a bit that it is possible. My wife and I even started with essentially zero blue water boating
experience, but it did take us 4 years to prepare. From my perspective sailing is for short fun day trips, for real passage
comfort and safety
on the high seas get the motor
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