I've had boats for 30+ years, I know boats, not looking for boat advice, looking for starting line advice.
I have convinced my SO to do a two month trial of a liveaboard
adventure. She's an experienced intermediate sailor, but has no cruising experience. Solid, fabulous, midwestern girl but not a "dreamer."
Got divorced once because of dream incompatabilities (and other bit********), want this to be enjoyable, but realistic. She loves to sail, we've chartered together, but she has a high "security" need. I think that mostly means a pile of money
, but don't want to have too many scary bits in this shakedown cruise
My thought is to buy a 35-40' older cruiser within the next six weeks in the cruising grounds where we want to spend a couple months, cruise
, bring the boat back, evaluate the experience, and if all is good, put the boat on the hard
for a refit
to fix whatever we haven't liked on the two-month shakedown. Then return next winter and cut the docklines. Budget
is about 35k for the boat, 10k for the two months.
We live in Phoenix, and if we wanted to sail during the hiatus (between cruises) close would be nice (Sea of Cortez, S. Cal
I've not sailed the Sea of Cortez
, but have read great things, great fishing
, lots of places to duck in and not "crowded." Unconcerned about Mexico
"safety." Understand not great wind- a negative. (opinions?)
Bahamas- buy the boat in FL, cross, spend two months (Feb-March) in quiet paradise, snorkeling, Hookah-ing, beach-combing, nice shallow protected sailing, then back to FL for the hiatus, then cruise the Caribbean
, through the canal, up Mexico
, back to San Carlos
Caribbean- Buy a boat down the path, sail back, stopping frequently. Better wind
, beautiful sailing, more crowded, more "expensive." Leave the boat in FL for the hiatus. (opinions?)
Thanks in advance for your wisdom, folk.