Originally Posted by jbosborn
Everyone's thoughts and ideas...
I see only 2 problems with your plan. Insufficient money
and experiance..........but you already knew that
. One or the other would be very useful.
On paper / in theory probably possible with a large dollop of good fortune and the sea gods smiling on you..........but in practice I think more likely that you
will eat your $15k budget
up long before arriving in distant shores - indeed if you buy badly (optimistically) could quite easily have the budget
dissapear before setting sail on the big adventure.
Having said that..............
..........if you drop the trans ocean / RTW ambition and instead aim for an extended cruise
within a single
area where the voyaging can mostly consist of day or weekend sails
and fairly predictable weather
then IMO more doable (how long will depend on your lifestyle and a degree of luck on unforseen expenses).
The slight fly in the ointment I guess may be your current
location - but no reason why you can't start your voyage by jumbo jet
Indeed, why not stay in your local area for your entire voyage? - you will still have the opportunity to learn as much as anywhere else depending on what you choose to do, with the advantage of having resources ashore in an environment
you understand with freinds / family
to call on if / when things break or you simply want a hot bath
Possibly sounds a bit dull / tame for a "great adventure", but remember that wherever your home is in the world likely that someone has struggled to sail half way around the world to get there - for me sailing to (or simply in) the west coast
would be regarded as exotic and challenging. and Kool
But returning to the Jumbo Jet theme
why not head
? for a really cheap
extended boat based vacation
go up the mainland european canals - big plus is that the boat doesn't need to be seaworthy
- which equals cheaper, especially if you are prepared to rough it in less than perfection.........and going inland means you get to see the "real" countries not simply the more touristy bits on the coast. Lingo is it's own challenge, but immersion a great way to learn. or pointing at things
Alternatively, why not buy a small yacht in Europe
that could (with the right mods and with experiance) sail back to the states (either then keep stored ashore on the east coast
for your next adventure - down to the Carribean? or truck accross to California
- no rules that a RTW can't also be by road
, indeed a few folk have done that).........I am thinking something both cheap
enuf and fundamentally sound / desirable that could instead be easily sold in Europe (we've got Ebay too!) if you don't fancy a sail home or simply decide not to spend the money
on her to do so.........wouldn't bet on getting all your money back, but with a $5k or so boat losing 50% ain't a complete disaster if you've got your moneys worth from her in the meantime.
The sort of thing I am thinking of is one of these:-
Boat Register « The Unified Corribee Website
I used to have one
- at 21 foot ain't gonna be spacious but a well eqiupped one in good order with an experianced skipper
will go many places. Someone around here
even has one for sale
- he might even throw in a couple of lessons if you cross his palm with enough beer
Alternatively, you could do what I did for my burnout time
- spent pretty much that money on a grand tour of the bars and knocking shops (just looking
) of South East Asia
for a year or so. I could have instead spent the money on a boat. Glad I didn't
But the good news is that you can always prove folk (me
) wrong - and I would be happy if you did.........just would be a shame to let $15k slip through your fingers unneccesarily without acheiving the goal from over enthusiasm / optimism.