Mike and Michelle - Don't give up, it will happen, in time. What you described I just call life....when ppl ask why we haven't left for full time cruising yet. Medical
bills wipe ppl out down here.
We have been doing part time local cruising. I know bc a bit. Could you do part-time cruising in your stunning local islands while working and refiting the boat to be cruising worthy? This would enable you to figure out your true needs vs wants while on the hook and you save money
by living aboard
and working.Plus, to me, it makes it more about the journey and less about the main goal.
Im prone to staying off forums
often because of "don't do it" comments of people most likely sitting at home or never having gone. Its easy for ppl to argue online, isn't?! I have friends who have huge sailing accomplishments, as in records.They told me to stop reading forums
. Read this and that book, maybe this blog and morenimportantly just try it and find out for yourself. Oh and you dont need some slow full keel
boat to be "bluewater". In fact, its true, some reason a fin is better (to them) because being faster and a better light air performer you can stay ahead of a storm and sailing instead of motor
(more fun and less cost) and less fatigue from a longer passage
I dont know what your expectations are for $10-$15k but man there are some sweet deals out there. Go talk to HM's, hang at the yc's and ask around. Call ads in 48 north that are double your budget
and let the broker know you only have half just in case the owner is interested.
Have you posted a want ad on craigslist? If you are handy, maybe even try placing an ad that you are interested in xyzed
boats and that if someone is moving up to a bigger one you can trade
your skills on refiting the new one and you do a trade
plus cash on the smaller one. I know firsthand of this working. Trading electrical
on a big boat for the smaller, but decent, needs work boat. This could apply for boats with a broker too, maybe keyword search another boat, bigger boat, in yachtworlds keyword section. Get creative. It is a stretch, but you only need one!
I've had ownership
in several boats and help run a small boatwright biz. Real estate may have recovered in much of the US but not boats, people need to sell but can't take $.10 on the dollar, it hurts too much, but maybe $.30. We just found our friend a nice racer/cruiser $110k avg list for $50k! It needs maybe $1k to fix the outdrive and some cruising gear
(which he will buy used and install himself). The man had to sell. We found it by walking the dock
with a fresh for sale
sign, it wasn't listed online, anywhere, yet.
Out of curiosity, what is your needs list and wants list and where are you wanting to go and why? Really look deep to see if you would both truly enjoy taking off cruising versus living aboard. There is a big price
difference and it opens up bigger, less seaworthy
boats as options too.
Originally Posted by MikeAndMichelle
Michelle and I have always wanted to live off-the-grid, to be self-sufficient, and to travel relatively affordably, and were looking for ways to do that.
In September of 2014 Michelle and I discovered that people could live on sailboats (liveaboards) and could sail around the world while living self-sufficiently and off the grid. We've been addicted to the idea ever since.
We saved up about $15K while living in Edmonton and was going to buy a sailboat. But then personal matters happened, family
trouble, etc. We moved to Surrey, BC on December 24, 2015, and by that time our $15K had turned into $0.
So now we're starting all over again. We have about $10K in cash, and we're looking for a sailboat once again.
We've found the hardest part of all of this so far - is just finding the damn boat. We know there's no such thing as perfect, but each one you find either costs too much, is the wrong type of sailboat you want, or everyone on CF says "DON'T DO IT".
It's stressful but we're not giving up. But we'll live on an inflatable
boat from Walmart if we have to! Lol