Originally Posted by bogdwell
I have a plan, and it seems soooooo simple. That is why I am assuming I must be missing something.
I want to get into sailing, but I am not a rich man. So here is the plan:
None of these relies has mentioned the above highlighted quote. You want to get into sailing, which implies you don't know how to operate a sailboat yet. My very experienced advisor, knowing my final goal (which is very similar to yours) has advised me that aside from the financials, there is a huge learning
curve in going from small sailboats to 40 footers.
That's why I started with a 20 footer with no electric
, winches, boom vang
, traveler, genoa
, etc., and then jumped up to a Catalina
22 with a few more systems to understand and manage. After a year or two more I'll move up to 26-27 footer with inboard diesel
systems, many more sails
Each jump will give me more knowledge and a better feel for what I need in the next boat. After the 27' I'll make the move to a 30+ livaboard.
I expect to lose money
all along the way. The 20 footer that I got for $825 w/ Doyle sails
and a Honda
5hp; that I added 2 winches, a bow railing, and lazy jacks to, I can't give away for $1200. I'll probably have to sell it for under a grand just to get it out of my driveway. The same for the Catalina
22 I'm now sailing and refiting. I'll have put 2 grand into it on top of the 2 grand I paid for it, and be lucky to sell it in 2 years for $1500.
But I see the money
as the cost of my education in sailing and sailboat maintenence. The things I learn to do now, on an inexpensive boat that is sailed in safe, protected waters where I can swim to any of the 4 shores if need be, may someday keep me alive when there's nothing but sea as far as I can see.
I strongly disagree with those who say you can "jump" from no sailboat to a 40 footer. That advice is coming from people that have likely grown up sailing dinghys, and 22s, for a long time before buying
a 40' "first boat".
Your experience and rating as a ship's Captain
will be invaluable to you, but with 650 sq ft of sail, I'd wanna know thru experience EXACTLY what to do when when the wind
unexpectedly goes from 15kts to 45kts. When the sails hit the water
in that 22 footer, you'll learn a lesson and live to sail another day. Probably the same for the 40 footer, but the dismasting
will be much less expensive to repair.
But, maybe I'm wrong, and will have wasted a lot of money.