I have a Bluewater boat on the West Coast
. I have been fixing it up for some extended cruising
some time in the future. The family
and I have really enjoyed the ports
from Desolation Sound in Canada
to La Paz Mexico
. With my daughter starting high school
this year we haven't been able to pull the kids
out of school
for our three week vacations so using the boat is harder except for the summer.
is a great place to be in the summer. I brought up sailing her to Hawaii
this summer and having the Fam meet me there. They were happy with the idea but everyone (including me) really wants to go to Europe
. I looked into sailing the boat thru the canal etc. and can't afford the time. I looked at trucking her across the US and then sailing across the Pond but the logistics killed that idea. I then saw that the costs of trucking and the price
a smaller coastal cruiser in Europe
were too close to ignore.
are going to both be in High School in two years and I'd like to take them for a cruise
. Ok I've given up on my idea of multi year circumnavigation
but the idea of 6 months in the Med one year along with three six week summer trips is feasible. In about 3 or 4 years we would sell the boat and recoup some of what we had paid for her. I know we will lose all of the $$$ that we invest in mainteance and upgrades but I can live with that.
Here's the plan in a nutshell. Use Frequent flyer miles to fly to Europe (we have enough for four trips) Buy a coastal cruiser with a named brand (beneteau, jeneau, etc). Minimize the systems on the boat so there is less maintenance
, Sail thru Europe and put the boat on the hard
when we are done for the year (preferably somewhere cheap), Self insure and just carry liability insurance
. Sell the boat at the end of four years.
I have thought about taking on partners but only if I could find the right people. I know what to look for on the major expense items and won't buy a boat that needs those repairs
What I am looking for is help with creating a pros and cons list. The collective intelligence here is great so if you people could throw out pros and cons I'd love to hear them.