My wife and I have recently decided to start working our way up in the sailing world. We are starting with dinghys and hopefully moving to a larger 23-26' (more family
oriented) boat in about a year and a half. The ultimate goal (5/6 years down the road) is to use that boat as part of a down payment toward a larger boat, capable of comfortably sailing an American family
back to Texas
. We will be staying in Texas
Reading about circumnavigation
on these forums
(in this case partial circumnavigation), I have one question that seems to stick out in my mind for anyone who has tried this or is considering trying this:
HOW ON EARTH DO YOU AFFORD THIS TRIP?
I thought I did OK financially in the working world, but running all of these numbers: boat (mortgage), maintenance
, slip, insurance
, etc. almost takes the wind
out of my sails
immediately. I see talk of these trips planning to take 5 years but they drag on to 7 or more... makes me wonder if these people were begrudgingly forced to plant an extra money
tree on-board their vessel. Seriously though, how is this possible for the average bloke without any income
coming in for 7 years? Do you find odd jobs when you come into port? I just don't understand how people do it.
I have a host of other questions, and I was hoping you all could help me a bit as I am still in the planning and goal setting part of the mission.
-I understand that the journey can take as long as you want it to take, but if your goal was to go from Australia
to Texas rather briskly, what type of time frame would you be looking at? Do you think it would be possible to do in less than 15 months and still enjoy yourself?
-Which trip would be better - East, through the Panama Canal
, or West through....everything else?
for a family of 4 (for the duration necessary to make the trip)... does that kind of thing exist? Are there special insurance agents/companies who handle these type of things?
-Are there any good books
out there that dissect this topic in detail?