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Old 31-10-2012, 14:53   #1
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Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

I'm just trying to budget for a big trip thats five years away. Does anyone have any suggestions for required equipment and the associated cost to outfit a bluewater capable boat for circumnavigation? Thanks!
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Old 31-10-2012, 14:58   #2
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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

A self steering vane, boat, sails and a way to navigate in that order. Everything else is nice to have but not necessary. Do an archive search on this site, it's been beaten to death.
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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

This is going to be interesting...

You have provided so little information that this will turn into a free-for-all.

I would suggest you provide a little more information, like:

How about telling us about what kind of boat you have?

What equipment is on you bot already?

Where do you plan on sailing?

How many people will be sailing with you?
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Old 31-10-2012, 15:42   #4
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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

the best autopilot you can afford!

After that it is just whatever YOU decide you would like to have within your budget after general sailing a few years. In other words, decide what your comfort level is and equip based on how YOU want to sail.

if you spend some time on CF you will find this question has as more answers than you can keep track of
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Old 31-10-2012, 15:45   #5
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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

Look no further................I have the answer..........it will cost you as much as you have.......................the end.
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Old 31-10-2012, 15:51   #6
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Look no further................I have the answer..........it will cost you more than you have.......................the end.
Fixed it for ya!
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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

depends on the boat and what it has already and what you want. My boat is 27' foot boat and considered a bluewater cruiser but so are a lot of much larger boats.

More details would be helpful.
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Old 31-10-2012, 17:33   #8
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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

Start with a boat designed for bluewater use. No Hunter/Catalina/Benneteaus need apply. Repair all systems to top notch condition.

Then read the ISAF Special Offshore Rules. Much of what they say is way overkill. But pay attention to storm sails, hatchboard locking, sole board locking, etc, etc.

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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

We have a 44 foot cutter, pretty well equipped. Last year decided to do a single handed trip, part off shore, fairly high latitude.

I can't believe how much I spent on an already well equiped boat.

Stupefying.

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A self steering vane, boat, sails and a way to navigate in that order. Everything else is nice to have but not necessary. Do an archive search on this site, it's been beaten to death.
EPIRB and liferaft would NOT be a "nice to have" but a necessity.
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if you spend some time on CF you will find this question has as more answers than you can keep track of
just to prove it there has already been 180 degree difference in the answers below the surface
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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

This cost is directly related to the size of the boat, the level of hardware you require to feel comfortable, safe and entertained and limited only by your credit ability. Practically, to most westerners, if they chose a boat they can afford, the cost is unlimited.

Try to reverse-engineer this cost: buy nothing and go sailing, then buy what you actually need.

I will give you two examples. I think they may help.

One guy got a small boat, added an inflatable and a solar panel (without a regulator). He went ahead and sailed the blue water and had plenty of fun doing so.

Another guy got himself a big boat for 1.5 units and spent roughly 0.5 units getting her ready. He too sailed her places and came back home very satisfied.

Hence my conclusion that there is no fixed number and anything between 1k and 33% of the boat's initial purchase price is pretty close to a safe bet.

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Re: Cost to outfit a bluewater cruiser?

INITIAL LIST:
Double your $$$ preparation budget
Wind vane
2nd bow anchor
LED lighting for interior and exterior
Solar or wind generator
New batteries
Larger battery bank
EPIRB & LIFERAFT
Spares, Spares and more spares
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I'm just trying to budget for a big trip thats five years away. Does anyone have any suggestions for required equipment and the associated cost to outfit a bluewater capable boat for circumnavigation? Thanks!
May I suggest you do a little more reading and familiarize yourself to Bluewater sailing. I mean you are 5 years away. You have the time.
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$50 grand - ballpark
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