First of all I would like to say I have been reading for a few weeks on the forums
. Filling my poor little head
with what to do with myself.
I am currently unemployed, by my own decision. I needed a break from the 100+ hour weeks for a while. I have taken the last month and a half off to get rested up and somehow started looking at sailboats....hhhmmm....looks like it would be fun for a while.
First off I have no sailing experience other than a sunfish. I guess you guys have not heard that one before hehe !! So I know all of you know what's coming now. I would ask where to start, as to which boat to buy, in terms of cost/upgrades. I have been on Yatchworld quite a bit and sailboat listings trying to figure out what makes a good boat, where the boat is in terms of condition, and trying to figure out what I should be looking for in terms of my budget
This is why I posted in this section of the forums
. While it certainly is doable if anyone has deep enough pockets. My Kitty has a finite amount.
As I will need to go back to work, I am trying to look at this as a long vacation
. I seem to work all the time and do not really have much of a personal life, which is passing away each day. I'm ready to go have some fun for a bit and see if I even like the cruising thing. I love boats BTW.
My goals are to purchase
a boat and sail down to Grenada
and back. This would take and entire year, or maybe two if I can manage to make that "good" purchase
. I will not be crossing the ocean just island hopping.
Before we get much farther into this, I have read hundreds of posts on boats and costs and how much experience do I have. I am sitting at ground zero currently and know some of the things I must get going to achieve this goal. I no longer want to let life just pass by and not live a few of my dreams. you could say I have finally learned that buying
toys and getting bored with them has run its course. Living life and capturing memories is much more important. I do believe sailing would be a good choice for me. I want to live the lifestyle for a bit, then I can decide whether to make a life change to this.
For a bit more detail about "me" in this whole endeavor go as follows:
I am single
, male, 43, no kids
, oilfield worker, and only a jeep payment that I actually have equity in as far a debt goes. What I have in terms of my budget
it's 100k cash.
I have been trying to weigh my options as to either charter
a boat for ASA
for the week long course and maybe a few times more to get some sailing in, which will lead to a boat purchase or just travel from one country to another for a while i.e. flying to a destination
and hanging out. The sailing to a new place to hang out sounds like an adventure worth memories for a lifetime, while flying all over the world would get old really quick. I would be looking at all the boats on the water
saying "I wish that was my boat, sailing the seas, with no agenda". Well, maybe where the next cold beer
is at. The first thing on the list to do is to get a passport and decide where I want to take the week long course at. Realizing this is something to do later on in the year as hurricane
season is approaching I have more than a few months to get a game
plan together. The ASA
course out of the BVI is sounding pretty good atm.
If I decide to purchase a boat, what dollar amount should I be trying to budget for ? From what I am understanding many have said be ready to allow 50% of the purchase price
to make her seaworthy
. So a 30k boat will end up with refit
for travel is going to be about 45k. This leaves about half of my pot left for travel/breakages. The boats in this price
range all seem to need work done for various reasons, and finding what I want is never perfect.
In the classifieds here, there is a boat called vagabundo which is a 31 footer that seems a little campy to me, and is coming home after 4 years on the water
. I almost want to go buy it for the price and I know I can upgrade her a bit. The only thing is he seemed to want to just sell it without a survey
, which I do not like.
Then there are the Endeavor boats, tons of them around priced well, but no one has that many good things to say about them. They don't sail that well, it's a brick, low quality etc. There is a 35' boat on Yatchworld for $28,000 that says buy me, but then I read reviews
and they are not so good. I am also looking at tankage, when you get to 31' they do not have much for travel. But are easier to sail single
I would love to get an island packet
, but price hits pretty hard for most of these in better shape, while I do not consider them appealing to as to compare to others, I see what a good boat they are.
is a mess atm and I would like a bit of input some that are hopefully more wise than I am. Should I move up in price range or buy something to spend the next few months refitting while waiting for season to get here? I can daysail and find a part time job to help with expenses while doing this also.