You don't need to be a Mr Fixit, but if you're not at least a little bit handy and prepared (and able) to maintain and repair as necessary then you're going to have to budget
for professionals to do that work instead. Buying
a brand new boat should cut down on the amount of repair work, but there will still be maintenance
In terms of amenities and luxuries, it is possible to have TVs, satellite broadband
connections, etc, etc, but once again you're going to have to be prepared to pay for those things. You're also going to have to have an electrical system
(and a means of keeping it charged) that can keep up with all the amenities and luxuries you want to run.
Keep in mind also that the more stuff and the more systems you have on board, the more there is to go wrong and the more there is to maintain and repair and the more there is to know in order to maintain and repair.
Cruising can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Its entirely up to you. You can have a brand new boat built to incorporate all your wishes and desires, but be aware that's going to cost money
. You can take an existing boat and refit
it to include all the toys you want, and that may be cheaper, but its still gonna cost money
It is possible to do what you want to do, but it won't be cheap
or simple cruising. It will be living in an expensive mobile condo.
On the other hand, many people have sailed the world without refrigeration
, watermakers, TVs, radar
, chartplotters, email
, etc. and have been very happy doing it.
I would suggest chartering a yacht somewhere with a group of friends or family. Try to charter
something like you would be interested in owning ... a charter
catamaran should be easy to find, a 60-75ft yacht less easy to find. That way you get some more experience (always a good thing) and get to try the whole cruising thing for an extended period (days, not just a few hours). That might give you a better perspective on what you enjoy and what you want in a yacht.
Honestly, I don't think anyone here can tell you what is best for you. The only one who can do that is you and it sounds like you need some more information and experience to be able to better make some of those decisions.
The idea of sailing appeals to a lot of people and while the idea
of living aboard
may appeal to many, the realities of doing so may not be to everyone's tastes. Trying it before you commit is probably a pretty smart way to go.
I know lots of people who love sailing but they don't want to cruise
for extended periods. Day sails
, overnighters, maybe a week at a time is more than enough for plenty of folks and nobody thinks any less of them for that. Living aboard
and/or extended cruising
isn't for everybody.
You don't necessarily need to throw your dreams away, but you may need to refine them a little on the basis of a little more first hand experience.