I don't have really any words of knowledge for you other than if you want to do it. Just do it on the budget
you have. The old adage applies here "If there is a will there is a way."
Our story in not so short form. We were sitting on the back porch or our home we just build 4 yrs prior on 10 acres in the beautiful hill country of Texas
. Just finished 3 days of mowing and we decided we didn't want to spend our later years in life mowing grass and trimming tress.
Decided to sail off into the sunset. We had 0 experience between us. But we figured we could learn.
While our house was on the market we learned to sail (pretty much self taught) a 14' O'Day on Lake Travis, Austin TX. We became tacking experts. Day sailed twice with a friend on a 42' ketch
. Prior to sailing on the ketch
it was shipped from the west coast
to TX and we had the honor of putting this boat back together. It was very enlightening. But, guess what, even after our first experience of being on the hard
in the winter(for 4 weeks with minimal heat, cleaning
, repacking this and that, a bottom job, rerigging, putting mast
on and many other items, we still wanted to do it.
The house sold, lock stock and barrel to a friend. By the way to this point in time it is 3 yrs since our talk on the porch. We walked away with a couple of suit cases each, the car and a store room 2x8.
All during this 3 year wait we looked at every boat we could get on. We had a great great broker. This is must. It took us 1 month to find the perfect boat for us. We did have a larger budget
than you have stated, but we could have done it on your budget.
Our cruising plans are different than yours but the cost is pretty much the same. If you anchor
and cook on your boat and don't drink like a fish
it can be done and can fix most things yourself. We started in Rockhall Maryland
(that 's were we purchased) and now currently in Florida
. We have taken 3 years so far to get here.
Not because of budget we wanted to stop and know the flavor of every place that interested us. Sometimes with the living part of an adventure can be planned to death.
What I can tell you is that you need to learn navigation/boathandling this to can be self taught and in the US there are free classes
on this subject with Coast Guard Ax and just about all sailors are more than happy to share their knowledge. We have bent many an ear over dinner. All Sailors enjoy good food
We have stopped along the way, because most areas have seasons that can help in the work need to replenish the cruising kitty. I have found that working for the Hilton Brand I can cruise
the east coast
and follow the seasons and be employed for a few months out of the year more if you need that.
Looking for a Boat in marina is great to find some real gems. It happens all the time. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Walking the docks and talking with local boat owners is a great way to find those deals. Most of those deals are never listed.
We have stopped in Central Florida, by Cape Canaveral for the season and if you get to Florida email
us and if we can help we will be glad to lend a hand.