I'm looking at getting a boat to learn to sail on, and do some serious sailing on if I feel up to it, so I'm in a similar kind of position. I've spent a lot of time looking at ways of doing it, and I've come to the conclusion that a smaller wharram catamaran
(21'-26') would be best for me. They're designed for coastal sailing, which is how you would practise. In your case, if you didn't feel up to offshore
sailing, you could sail it down to south america
and then sell it and fly home. That would be an adventure.
There are loads of people out there doing stuff like this (we can make a list, if you want), and people that can afford to have yachts with all of the latest luxuries and safety gear
are never going to tell you that you could survive without it, because they couldn't imagine it. If they don't say that people are crazy for going out to sea without a liferaft
and £10,000 of electronics
, then would they be admitting to being soft?
My mentality is that I'm going to start with what I need (watertight hull
, positive buoyancy, capacity for 30+ days food
, means of propulsion) rather than what I want (separate cabins, electric
fridge-freezer, standing headroom) because it's both achievable and realistic.
If you think you are talking about a minimalist trip, try this on for size: