Originally Posted by thorde
1. It is possible to find a "vessel" in SE Asia and sail it across, with some conditions applying. I would need to plan the routes with nautical maps, pilot charts
etc... A strong preparation with all the administrative documents would be necessary also. Find either a flat-bottom sailing boat that we could bring ashore in bad weather
or a burlier boat that would stand a swell and try and "survive" in that. The fact of there being more engine
propelled boats, could I not modify one to fit a mast
? Maybe get some help and pay a local crafstman (though it would probably bring the price
up a lot, we have time but not that much momey)?
Some of the crap that folks in SE Asia set to sea on for work purposes needs to be seen to be beleived. But not to say that cannot make a starting point, just don't expect much that will be "ready to go". and you probably will need to like the smell of fish
. I would Google
up the sorts of boats common in your intended area(s) and then work out what modificiations and equipment
a boat like that will need for sail / for you.
Remember that no power or low / unreliable power means that not only does the boat need to sail, it needs to sail well....so a bit more than simply adding a stick and some sails
- need to add some thought as well (and probably also involve some element of simply taking a punt). Plus some of the equipment
you will likely need to bring with you and other stuff obtain in country, but away from the locale of your boat.
If you have the time (a couple of you working will help with that) - what about building your own boat out there! Something like a Wharram
Tiki 21 (catamaran), would be pretty much like camping afloat - but they (apparently) sail well....budget of course may be an issue, but if you are building for a few years (rather than for a few decades) then possible to cut a few corners on quality of the build.....or simply look to recoup some of the cash upon resale.