I'm going to do something impulsive in the next month or two.
My job allows me to work at home and I find myself sitting at home for days at a time without much reason to go out. I'm single
Some weeks, I'll be traveling the whole week out of town.
So, my requirements are: reasonably reliable Internet
at home port and reasonable access to an International Airport
I'm looking at a liveaboard
and hoping to find mooring
in Santa Barbara or nearby as I have a large number of friends there. Living on a hook seems OK for a few months.
is very tight. I've seen some decent boats in the $10k range. My only issue with the ones I've looked at were the lack of a shower
facility. Even with limited fresh water
, it drives me a bit batty not to be able to at least rinse off.
Here's my criteria.
1) It floats. No sinking is preferable. The pacific gets cold sometimes and some of my electronics
aren't waterproof. Swimming over a mile to shore in sub-60 water
is also no fun. I've done it twice. ;-)
2) It sails
. Both upwind and downwind. (or at least one of the two) Motors piss me off anyway.
3) A motor
. I have paddled a 25 foot cabin
cruiser before. It works, but it's slow and leads to general soreness in the upper body.
3) Electricity. I have a solar
panel that can run my laptop
an cell phone
, but I'd prefer the boat helps me store some of that.
4) Water. I've been pretty dehydrated before, but I recall
seeing knights jousting in the wall. We'll have none of that. Showers rock too, if possible (yes, one-minute, half-gallon showers are fine).
5) No loan. If it breaks in half and sinks, I'd rather not owe someone for something that's resting on the bottom of the sea.
. Gotta get to shore somehow, eh? Rowing a dinghy
7) A shower
. I could park at a marina and have shower facility, but the idea is that I want to live off the grid (for the most part), but still need to go the airport
sometimes and not smell like death.
I'm a nerd. I have access to lots of raw materials for geek-hood, such as industrial solar panels
for nearly free and the experience (and tools) to wire them up. I have lots of high-gain antennas for wireless communication. I can build one out of a pringles can, a coat hanger and a few washers, in a pinch. I can probably build an antenna
array for close to zero as well, to pull in GSM signals from miles off-shore too. Hooray.
Anyone have a boat for sale
in the sub-$10k range that.... doesn't sink and can hold fresh water?
How the heck do I qualify a purchase
like that. I'd rather get something that can actually go down the coast from Washington
to Southern Cali, rather than being stuck on the hook and constantly worried about folding it in half in light seas.
I've looked around on craigslist and found some boats. A particular 30' Maple Leaf design in Bellingham captured my eye, but it didn't have a shower. Damn. Would have been perfect other than that. Except that it's in Bellingham and would take a few weeks to get down to SoCal.
I'd rather not get a boat that needs to be on the hard
for months after i buy it.
I don't really know how to go about this particular search. I don't imagine there are too many "brokers" who deal in $5000 boats. :-) If there are, do they charge huge fees
I know the standard advice is to get a thorough survey
, but how much does that cost and is it really worth it on a $5k-$10k boat?
I know it's wacky and crazy, but I need an adventure.