Yarokil, since you cruised before, you know that not much $$ is needed to purchase, but lots of $$$$$$$$ is needed to operate a boat.
Hence, I suggest you don't forget this lesson on your new search. The $$$$$$$$$$$ to operate is driven by the complexity of systems. Keep it simple, or pay for it over and over and over and...
In the past in the USA and oil
exporting countries like Mexico
, fuel burn was never much of an issue. Not so today.
The fuel burn is mostly related to speed: if your cruise
speed in knots is less than the square root of the waterline length measured in feet, then almost anything will get 1nmpg, most get 1.5nmpg, a very few get 3 to 5 nmpg. If you want to get 10nmpg, you need to keep to the same slow speed, and you want to have essentially a sailboat shaped hull
, with transom clear of the water
, round bottom, single
Also note that the speed issue (the desire to run at 15 or 30 knots) is a red herring: people with boats that go that fast don't in fact use them. The marinas
are filled with such boats on the most beautiful weekends of the year. Meanwhile, the distant anchorages
are filled with boats that go quite slowly.
Today diesel is $5 to $10 a gallon nearly world-wide. Some places like Venezuela
seem like they have cheap
fuel, but just the extortion fees
you need to pay triples the price to your tank (November 2010), and the fact you might be going way, way out of your way to a relatively lawless part of the world to get that fuel, makes the on-the-surface price perhaps not such a deal after all.
was in 2008. The price of fuel is not going to go down, its almost certainly going to increase as the world-wide demand continues to increase while worldwide production is widely expected to decline by 30% over the next 20 years. Consider carefully the rapidly expanding world wide consumer population. China
have ten times as many people as America... Hence in 10-20 years, a boat that gets only 5 nmpg may well be considered a worthless fuel pig, like most 1nmpg planing powerboats (like mine) are today.
Hence, I would suggest that you look for 10 nmpg or better vessels. For used vessels, that means a sailboat. For a new custom built power vessel, you can easily achieve 20nmpg, but no such yachts are on the market today.