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Old 02-09-2011, 03:31   #1
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Question Okay, So Am I Completely Crazy . . .

I've put a lot of thought into this plan and by many standards will no be perfect for everyone else.

My plan is buy a boat. Sail of course because its more economical of what i want to do.

I'm going to try and have all my basic necessity items for survival (clothing optional of course depending on the weather). Everyone says that 10-12k per year is an average living for 1-2 people depending on what all is entailed on their journey. I myself don't really need a lot to get by on (such as hotels and marinas). Thanks to the US government for giving me the tools I need to survive when I don't have much. Before our time a lot of people sailed and live without a lot of the comforts we have nowadays and I'm going to try and make that happen again.

My plan is to leave the states with a few maps and of course a gps (which i know they didn't have back then taking it mainly for safety). I'm going to take about 5k with me (yes i will have a reserve for 911's only) but I'm going to point my boat in a direction and go. I will be setting up a web page to track my progression and keep sanity. But will be trying to enjoy myself while ruffing it the best I can.

Anyone who has an opinion on this and suggestions, I'm ready to hear it. I'm not gonna put a time limit on my travels. I'm goin to make sure that i have backup parts for my back ups. But want to see how long i can go and see before my 5k is gone... Looking forward to the pos. and of course the neg of this but maybe someone has done this and has had this dream that has valuable info that I can use.

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Accept that there's a fifty fifty chance you'll lose the lot...
and have to start again from scratch...
If you can live with that and wear a big grin anyway....
Go For It....................
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:50   #3
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Re: Ok so am i completely Crazy or No

Jim, if I was 30, single and in good health I would just go. Lets be honest the US and European economies are stuffed for the next few years, so you won't miss out on rising house prices if you are away for 5 years.

Find a cheap boat about 30 feet, good second hand spare sales from e bay, box of tools and load of stable foods and head south. If it takes a year of work to put it all together then do it, the year will fly bye. How is your Spanish?

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Accept that there's a fifty fifty chance you'll lose the lot...
and have to start again from scratch...
If you can live with that and wear a big grin anyway....
Go For It....................
Not sure i completely understand that 50/50 chance to lose half and keep going with a smile but if i do lose it i will keep pluggin on if able..

And Pet thx always makes it more eciting when i hear stuff like this.. I'm crewing on a few boats before i leave for awhile but plan on heading out in about 8 months.. And a 30-36ft is all i want
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Re: Ok so am i completely Crazy or No

book a ticket to panama,turkey or thailand these places are full of abandoned projects such as you propose.........
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book a ticket to panama,turkey or thailand these places are full of abandoned projects such as you propose.........
Now are we talkin abandoned as far as boats or people who have the same idea i do and said screw it? lol
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I've crashed and burned a coupla times since I started long distance cruising in the early 90's...
This last time a coupla 3 years back when a 2001 Beneteau 331 turned into a 1971 Hurley 22 in just a few months...
I'm wheelin n dealin my way back up (he says optimistically)... and I'm grinning all the way...
Living full time low budget on a boat is a school of hard knocks... some it beats to death..
Folks love it or hate it... bit like Marmite...
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both but in this current climate there are many nice boats on the market in exotic places due to people underestimating the costs associated.
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here is one i picked up earlier this year,free to a good home!!!!

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I've crashed and burned a coupla times since I started long distance cruising in the early 90's...
This last time a coupla 3 years back when a 2001 Beneteau 331 turned into a 1971 Hurley 22 in just a few months...
I'm wheelin n dealin my way back up (he says optimistically)... and I'm grinning all the way...
Living full time low budget on a boat is a school of hard knocks... some it beats to death..
Folks love it or hate it... bit like Marmite...
Not trying to depress you or anything...
Thx boatman and not depressed at all.. I norm always see that silverlining around the clouds that alot cant see at times.. But always gonna tryn push forward no matter what. I luv seafood so where better to find it right...lol


Atoll... Thx for the heads up will check into some of those places to see what i can dig up..
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The clock is ticking on your life. Learn what you can for cheap -- keep crewing and help with a delivery or two. Good luck and fair winds.

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Alos if anyone that has a few boat for sale links or links like Craigslist in other country's lemme know
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Re: Ok so am i completely Crazy or No

Since the OP lists his location as Texas, if he is looking for "abandoned boats" from others who preceded him with the same basic ideas as he has outlined - he need look no further than the Caribbean, Central America, US Gulf Coast (Texas to Florida). There is no shortage of 30 (+/-) boats abandoned or being held for unpaid fees. There are quite a few just sitting out on mud flats or stuck in the mangroves abandoned and looking for a new dreamer.
- - A self-reliant (MacGyver) type person with a broad spectrum of mechanical talents can easily bring one of these boats back to basic seaworthiness (real basic) and then take off for an adventure.
- - So long as he avoids the big "tourist" islands/countries and stays with the "simple life" islands/countries his living costs will be extremely low.
- - But if the OP does not have the above mentioned capabilities and lifestyle habits, it is most likely that the plan will fail as quickly as it did for all those previous owners of the abandoned boats I mentioned.
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http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/sail-boats-for-sale/yachts This is UK...
Also find the odd bargain here and lots of brokers from all over the Carib advertise in here.... http://www.allatsea.net/
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