We had been planning to ship our Gemini
over to Europe
to travel for a few years (visa & VAT rules taken into account).
After doing a bit of checking it looks like we are looking at $12-18k each way depending on when, what ports
and what shipping
An idea we had was would it make sense to simply buy an inexpensive boat in Europe
use it for a few years and then sell. As long as we lose less than $25-30k when we sell, we are better off financially.
We want functional but pretty isn't that critical.
We love shallow draft
and want to spend a lot of the time on the canal system.
We prefer catamarans for liveability but wouldn't rule
out a stable shallow draft monohull
We prefer modern 4 stroke outboard
but wouldn't rule
out a diesel
(we are aware of fuel
prices and efficency).
Displacement power boat
would be an option.
We would love another Gemini
but can't tie up $100k plus in a second boat and aren't prepared to sell our current
boat. The one option we like and have been on a couple while looking for our Gemini are Catalacs. We've come across a number of ads for them in the $25-50k range.
- Heavenly twins is a bit small and too much crawling and crouching.
- Older prouts are OK but it seems from pictures that there isn't much in the way of standing headroom
, which undermines the livability aspect.
Thoughts on other alternatives that would compete with the $25-50k Catalacs that are available fairly regularly in Europe?