Originally Posted by somasized
Who knows, I might end up circumnavigating someday and I want to have a boat I can accomplish that in. My current
plans are much more tame, but I want a boat that will not need to be upgraded as the plans progress.
Any thoughts on planned costs and whether or not they are out of line?
I have a couple thoughts:
1. Buy a boat for what you really think you will do in the near future not what you may end up doing some day. If your plans evolve to include pasagemaking with time, you can always change boats to meet those plans, but it's silly to buy a boat based on what you may never do and suffer the performance, cost or comfort consequences immediately.
Very few boats are blue water
ready. You will likely need to upgrade any boat for blue water
cruising. I think that if you only wish you consider boats that are blue water ready, you are unnecessarily limiting yourself.
2. It's hard to evaluate a budget
, since so much depends on the particular boat and your priorities. What I can tell you is I also started out with a 26-foot pocket cruiser
I cruised seasonally starting on the Great Lakes
and then in the Bahamas
. I purchased the boat for about 10K and sold it eight years later for 8K. Maintenance
and improvements were about 1K - 1.5K/ per year doing most all work myself. Storage
on a trailer was very affordable. Insurance
varied greatly ($275- $1,300) depending on where I cruised and whether or not I was comfortable going with liability only coverage. Overall, I think I spent half of what you have mentioned over an 8 year period, but again this can vary greatly.
The Contessa was near the top of my list when I started looking at pocket cruisers but in the end, I decided to go with a solid cruiser that had 5-8 standing headroom
through out. I just didn't want to live with the space limitations the Contessa had for cruising, given many other boats in that same size range have much more headroom
and more interior
space overall. Many Contessas, however have proven to be very capable bleu water boats.