There are many reasons why you might want to go on a limited budget
, let's discuss several...
1. You are young and don't have much money, but have tradesman skills such as welding aluminum
and stainless, have your USCG 100 Ton master's license
, or are a teacher/fireman/policeman facing layoff or early retirement
2. You are facing the loss of your family's last job... it is only a matter of time before you can no longer make the house payment of $2500 / month on your dream house gone sour.. Your car, jetskis, skidoos, can be sold and bring about $ 20,000.. If you hang tight, you can probably stay in the house 9 months after you default, saving $22,500.
3. Your retirement
pension went south during the last restructuring... Social Security
won't cover the expense of your house, but a renter might...
In each of the above cases, it is out of the question to finance a floating condo... yet you need a place to stay.. quickly... the question is what and how...
If you give up on the condo... and look at Annie Hill's book Voyaging on a Small Income
... and you have camping experience, some things come to mind...
You don't really need water tanks
... gallon milk jugs will do... but if you have water tanks.. get a FynSpray FS80 hand pump.
You don't really need a marine head
, a bucket will do... but if you must, get a LAVAC
.. I put one in in Papeete in 2000, it came with a henderson Mark 5 diaphragm
pump, and it has been very reliable.
You don't need an electric bilge pump
, but you do need a good one.. the best is the Edson
gallon a stroke diaphragm
pump.. I have two, bought in 87, and they have never given a bit of trouble.
You don't need an engine
.. a long oar will do... but if you must have one... nanni diesel
or the Perkins
line of engines have worldwide parts
You do need a sound hull
... you need one that requires minimal maintenance
, because maintenence costs money.... GRP hulls before 79 did not have osmosis
problems, and CE Ryder's boats did not have this problem either... Look very carefully at this, if the boat had problems once, it can to so again... Look very carefully at balsa cored decks... they can be fixed, I know, I did one..
Look carefully at the hull deck
joint in GRP hulls... Hal Roth had nothing but trouble there in Whisper...
GRP hulls generally have condensation
problems...unless the hull is cored... needed is insulation
like the plague... unless you like rust streaks...
A sound wood or three skin boat is hard to beat. Aluminum
is even better...
Stay with a simple rig... cutter
. If the boat is one with a long production run, chances are you can get a deal on sails at Bacon.. Regardless, if the boat is less than 34 ft. You can download SailCut for free, and get the material from KayoSpruce, and SailRite
, and the sewing machine
and make your own... I made a suit of 5 sails for Pegasus, total cost $3000. and my sail area is 1200 sq ft!!!
Forget chart plotters, RADAR
direction indicators, etc... put up a masthead
windex, or a pennant, Get real chart kits, BA pilots, an almanac, the list of radio
signals... Learn coast wise navigation
, celestial too... By all means get a GPS
.. they are so cheap now... there is no excuse to not have one anymore... but plan on looking out the window... and on plotting your position...
See Discounted Nautical Charts, Reproductions, Electronic Charts & Navigational Software | Bellingham Chart Printers
for their portfolios of DMA chart copies...
A boat less than 34 ft does not need a windlass
either... use a pawl... for a description of one see Hiscock's Voyaging Under Sail..