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Old 17-06-2011, 14:16   #46
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Re: 40k budget for the escape!

I might spoil the party but venturing out without any training/experience is like climbing 12.000 ft mountains on flip flops. And in doing so you dont just endanger yourself, people will come out in whatever circumstances to try to get you back to safety. Great plan but get on a boat before buying one and get experience/training. Simple as that.
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Old 17-06-2011, 14:33   #47
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Hello! We found a weekend class that covers ASA 101. Would you think is a good idea to enroll? They are quite expensive, at $400.
ASA 101 was useful, but look around for a combination class. I think you will find those to be more cost effective for the combination 101, 103, and 104.
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Several years ago I was running a medium sized motoryacht in Puerto Vallarta, my owners walked down the dock and remarked on the small sailboats (30-50 feet)and how could anyone go out in the ocean in something that small. I pointed out to her that two boats on the dock had circumnavigated, both of them were under 35 feet. Her 90 foot motoryacht couldn't cross the Atlantic.
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Re: 40k budget for the escape!

boatman--that is an awesome boat!!!!
i love mine-- got it for only 10k, loaded....so , what is problem with a 10k usd boat????? rofl..mine is 41 ft, also. did i say is loaded????
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Several years ago I was running a medium sized motoryacht in Puerto Vallarta, my owners walked down the dock and remarked on the small sailboats (30-50 feet)and how could anyone go out in the ocean in something that small. I pointed out to her that two boats on the dock had circumnavigated, both of them were under 35 feet. Her 90 foot motoryacht couldn't cross the Atlantic.
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Old 17-06-2011, 21:35   #51
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Re: 40k budget for the escape!

There's a Westerly Centaur for sale on e-Bay in Florida, asking $2,500. She was grounded, but since she has bilge keels her hull is OK. Engine overheated and the rudder bent, so there is some work to be done, but you can probably negotiate. Not the prettiest boats in the world, but probably the most spacious 26 footer you'll ever see, and loads of them have done ocean crossings with quite a few circumnavs too.

For a limited budget this, or some way like it, is the way I'd go. Oh, the advert has nothing to do with me, I just came across it.

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There's a Westerly Centaur for sale on e-Bay in Florida, asking $2,500. She was grounded, but since she has bilge keels her hull is OK. Engine overheated and the rudder bent, so there is some work to be done, but you can probably negotiate. Not the prettiest boats in the world, but probably the most spacious 26 footer you'll ever see, and loads of them have done ocean crossings with quite a few circumnavs too.

For a limited budget this, or some way like it, is the way I'd go. Oh, the advert has nothing to do with me, I just came across it.

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here's one that hasn't been grounded and the engine runs
Westerly 29' Centaur
(note: it says 29' but it's a typo)
Lots of cheap boats out there, no need to get something that's broken.
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