Myself, wife and 11 year old daughter are planning on a Seabatical starting in June of 2017. We have a rough draft
of a plan but would like to have the all knowing Cruisers Forum give us some insight. I will list some details about us below and any comments, criticisms, or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Departure date Summer of 2017
Initial plan - purchase
a boat somewhere in the southern caribbean
in the summer of 2017. Spend the bulk of hurricane
season developing our skills and the boat by bouncing around the Grenadines, Grenada
and possibly Trinidad and Tobago
. Start heading north in October/November and arrive back in the states before August of 2018. If we love the boat and want to keep it we would continue on to our home in North Carolina
. If we have had enough of sailing, the boat or both, we would leave it in the Florida
market to sell.
Crew and age at departure: me (45), wife (44), daughter (13, 8th grade)
Experience at present time: We currently live on the ICW
and have been around boats all our lives; specific sailing experience, 2 bvi bareboat
charters and 1 Grenadines bareboat charter
, 2 week bvi charter
planned for August 2015
for boat purchase
and upfitting for trip, $115,000
Initial boat - 40 - 45 foot monohull
with at least 6’,4” inches of head
room (I’m 6’3”) and hopefully less than 6 feet of draft
Does this sound ridiculous??
We are not locked into the Caribbean
, would somewhere in the south pacific
be an option based on our skill level?
Does it make sense to purchase a boat down island to avoid the trades heading down?
Is boat financing
available on what more than likely be a vessel built in the 80’s or 90’s.
If a boat is purchased out of the US, what has to happen to be able to sell the boat once back to the states?
What are the most common home schooling resources cruisers use?
Thanks in advance
Cape Carteret NC