AW, good on you. I like your determination. There is a wealth of experience and information on this forum. Some of the responses seem harsh to you but I think they are just worried that you are getting in over your head
. Maybe you are. But I think that with tolerance and determination great experiences will be learned and memories treasured when you are older.
There are boats to be had out there in your price
range. Have you ever heard of James Wharram
? He is a designer
of Polynesian style catamarans. They are very simple deep sea sailing cats. Most are open deck
or have primitive out of weather
pods. They are simple to maintain and usually outboard engine
based. Check out yachtworld.com and multihull
world. Put Wharram
in the search engine. They are all over the world. I think for a young couple a boat like this would be an adventure of a lifetime.
Your partner already knows how to sail and navigate. With GPS
...even a simple one and some good charts
you will be fine. Remember that the ocean can kill you if you get caught in a big storm. So remember that there are sailing seasons and "do not even think about sailing seasons" in many oceans of the world. We just lost
a 200 foot freighter and over 30 crew, in the hurricane
that blew through the Bahamas
and it was most likely captain
As far as chartering, that is going to take a lot of research
. Usually boats that are chartered are very expensive and "the latest"...that does not equate to a 60k boat. You will need to be very careful with legal
issues. Most chartering involves licensure, insurance
, connections, advertisement...on and on. Do not even think about hiring your boat out to some young people for some coinage without permits to do so. If you are caught by their equivalent of Coast Guard you could be in some serious legal
problems. I think that bribes are a very common way of doing business in many countries. But you better learn the ropes officially and not by some quasi-legal opinion from some guy in the harbor that made 100 bucks getting 6 college kids
from point A to point B 20 miles away. Remember that if you get caught it is not just a fine over there. (just my guess). But we had a story several weeks ago where a Canadian was carrying some Cubans on his nice yacht and the Columbian Coast Guard has him in jail now....
But here is the most important piece of advice I can share with you....I am assuming you are American or Canadian by your written English
. You are young. I do not know if you have travelled much overseas. Be very careful about contraband or doing things that are against cultural acceptance in whatever country you are in. I am not insinuating that you would ....I would just want you to know that youtube and movies abound with stories of people who run afoul of the laws in other countries. Their judicial systems are much more severe than American/Canadian. There is very little legal recourse. Even embassies hands are tied in many situations. Be squeaky clean and be suspicious of any native types trying to be overly friendly. Asian people are wonderful but they are much tougher to read than Western people. Learn what "face" means and abide it at all times. It is taken seriously overseas. Be polite and friendly and you will be treated the same. Become arrogant, mean, or rude and find out that you are in a different world.
have a good time and post pics and stories for us to share.