Hello all. I'm looking for some advice. My family
and I have a nice Carver Californian on Lake Michigan. We use it every summer and regularly do long trips on the lake. It is nearly perfect for what we want. I've got all the systems in good working order and I regularly make upgrades. All it really needs is a set of stabilizers which is something that I'm considering.
Here the deal.. My wife and I are looking to make a change in lifestyle in 5 years. We will change jobs and careers to do much more crusing once the kids
leave for college. We plan to do the loop and then are looking at the Mediterranean
. We will ship the boat over. My question is whether I should continue to upgrade this boat or should I look for something larger that has more range? We currently carry 380 gallons of fuel
and don't have a water
maker and no stabilizers as I've said. Upgrades to all that may run 100k vs another boat at maybe 500k+.
I'm wondering if our boat could not be made to be a good fit for what we need. Am I wrong? I'd love to do the Pacific Northwest
(ship the boat overland) and the Mediterranean
and the Caribbean
and I figure by the time we're done with that and the loop we may be done with boating
or at least retire back here to the Great Lakes
What would you do?