What size boat are you thinking about, how many people total will the have to accomodate, and what kind of overall budget
are you working with? Will you finance the boat, or own it outright (you know, save and pay cash, the way your grandparents did)? How adept are you at repair/refurbishment: electrical
mechanics, woodworking, sewing, plumbing
, etc.? The financial resources available to many of us dictate the purchase of a used vessel which may require 30–50% of its purchase price
in post-purchase investment to make it seaworthy
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Presently, and against the advice given earlier
, we are looking in the 45' range. Two boats of interest to us presently are a Gulf Star 52' and Stamas 44'. The price range is $140k and $160k respectively. The Stamas has many features that make the boat attractive. Financing
or paying cash are both options for us but I don't know which we will do--I am calling our financial advisor today for his input on the subject. The Gulf Star is owned by a friend so we know much more about the boat's history
plus we can save on the price.
My husband is quite adept at repair/refurbishment and we want to avoid it to the maximum. In other words, no project
boats! Fixing things as they break are plenty to keep us busy. We don't love repair but we certainly can endure it--its the price you must pay.
We will have four small children (presently ranging from 2mo to 6yrs) on board--space and storage
is very important. Being able to handle the boat by myself is important in an emergency
. I (the wife) plan to do 100% of the navigation
(I love it on the land so I assume I will at sea) while my husband will do the sailing. Of course, all jobs will be shared but with 4 kids
I believe this is how it will come together. I'm flexible on this of course.
As to why we want to do this--well, how do I answer that? I love to travel. I hate the public school
system in the states. I want to see the world. I want my kids
to have much more responsibility than most their peers. I want my kids to see the world. I think being out on the open ocean in the middle of a clear night getting to see the stars in all their glory will be life changing. I hate to collect stuff and moving on a boat will certainly help me declutter my life. I want more than Americana offers. I want a challenge that will make me get as much from my character as possible. I want to live more in touch with the environment
. I don't want to regret not trying. I think in the age of terriorism being out there alone in the world might be SAFE. (ok, a little sarcasm there.) I want to see whales in the open ocean. I want to eat sushi REALLY fresh. I could go on. (There is no order to these reasons.)
Though cruising will be a huge adjustment I think I'll really enjoy the differences. My biggest concern is walking away from the instant (and mostly good) healthcare that is available. There are not any ambulances in the Pacific ocean
. I'm sure it can be dealt with but I don't have a vision for this yet.
As far as learning to sail being possible today--well not really. Not with the baby being so young. But it will be soon. And I'm confident that we can do this. It will take lots of work and effort but I don't give up easily.
Thanks for the website (though the link didn't work for some reason--I'll find it.) And though I'm not following all the advice given, I am certainly listening to it and appreciate it. Keep it coming!