I'm back!!! I got divorced from my internet
for a week (broken equipment).
Reading through all the posts a couple of things are becoming evident....
(i) Buying and refitting a boat is not sailing. If ones goal is to get into sailing for sailings sake then go sailing. Buy a boat in working condition or needing as little work as possible will ensure you get a better deal.
(ii) Be aware of the failure rate of the DREAM. Evidenced by the volume of failed projects abandoned in boat yards.
(iii) Be aware of the financial costs (and how to triple the estimated costs!)
(iv) be aware of volume of labour involved (and how to triple that estimate too!)
My motivations for asking the original question were...
Having trolled through the colossal work on this forum re how to cruise
on $500 a month, a couple of aspects of multi-year RTW cruising became evident. Firstly, if one is to be successful in that endeavour
, a nuts and bolts appreciation of your boat is essential. The poster in that particular epic advocated, pre departure, rebedding all through hulls to guarantee water
tightness. Some discussion was given to the merits of replacing keel bolts
. A list of other pre departure works was listed. The poster was adamant that one should undertake this work personally to be able to self certify the integrity of the vessel and be able to be confident in ones personal ability to attempt all repairs
personally in out of the way moorings that would otherwise prove to be prohibitively expensive. The abstract goal was complete self sufficiency once away from the home port.
I'm not against paying someone for a quality product and then getting on and using said product. However, unless I am purchasing
that product brand spanking new, you're then subject to whatever anyone has hidden under the floorboards/behind that lick of paint
. The consensus from the other topic (and from what I'm reading about boating in general) is that nobody can tell you what a second hand boat is actually worth. Even a surveyors appraisal is not going to reveal all the facts.
SOOOOOooooooo....... going back to my OP.
I have access to the facilities and tools to have a go at a project. My plan is for a three to seven year (i'm 33 now) departure point (for a multi year stint). In that time I will have to learn how to sail in all relevant conditions (and believe me I plan on doing a lot of sailing!) and then equip myself for the adventure (float a boat and all necessary equipment).
As an adventurer, blue water is my goal. Not day tripping or weekending close to shore.
Another motivation originally from a personal point of view was, having been away from the nest for quite a few years, and my father turning 70 this year and still being in relatively good health
(and being a man who loves all things marine
, and quite a handy handyman!), I was also attracted to the idea of us tackling a project together over the next three to five years as a way to renew our relationship.
Now I am becoming fully aware of the opinion (and thanks all!) that before one even looks at a project, one should get out there and sail everything you can get your hands on before settling into a project that you know you'll enjoy. There's no point just grabbing a project and hoping you'll be happy with the way she sails 7 years down the line not being intimately familiar with that particular boat pre purchase
... If you're not sure you'll like the sailing characteristics of the boat down the line you might end up with a very pretty and well intentioned disappointment....
So cheers for all the advice. I think the entire concept
will have to be revisited down the line (after I have a few years of sailing/crewing under the belt). I may buy a 'ready to go' smaller craft (read 24-27ft) for my formative years i.e. years 1-4 of my plan, and leave the project to somewhere down the line. A man must have a dream after all