Originally Posted by rookiemoon
-I've noticed that on Craigslist in Tampa there aren't any shortage of sailboats for sale
(and in the water) for $2-3k
-We need to find a cruiser that can handle a trip from Tampa to the Caribbean
and stay in 1 piece
-We can afford to budget
$1000/month while we are out exploring
What do you experienced sailors think? Is this idea insane or just so crazy it could work?
How long do you want to go for? a few months, 6 months or a few years?
If measured in months then I would go for the OPB suggestion - waive around $500 a month or so (for expenses) and you will get some takers from either those who are potless or those who want a bit of company......it's really a below the radar
(aka not legal) charter
, the good news is that if you stub your toe can probably take the skipper
to the cleaners $$$$ -legally may even end up with a boat.........
Downside is that pot luck on what you get. Boat and Skipper
- so I would pay by the week
(or month).....and intentionally try out more than one vessel..........if no great voyages intended shouldn't get too many entirely unseaworthy combinations. probably
. And you could always self equip with own liferaft
, hand held VHF
and life jackets - if you later get a bigger boat then all useful to have.
Alternatively go for the camping afloat approach - buy something small (Trailer Sailor sized with a small cuddy) but a seaworthy
/ stable design (not a bigger Sunfish
) - add a cockpit
tent (not cheap
but doubles the boat size) and maybe even add a few luxuries
........wait for a nice day before setting off to the Carribean.....and plan your Carribean tour / sailing to ensure that you have a port of refuge when the weather
blows up. If you use the boat as a base and spend a lot of time ashore exploring / eating / drinking or simply in the water! then boat won't be so small........can even mix up with nights in Hotels (B&B's?) ashore......just because you have a boat doesn't mean have to stay onboard 24/7.
One thing I would certainly not do
(on your budget) is buy a big bag of (someone else's) sh#te
.....and then delude self that can be fixed up cheap
/ quick / within your budget
. I would not even get a nice one at half price
on your budget (and with your current
knowledge)...all boats take some outfitting ($$$).....and for use in terms of months rather than years makes no sense (even if you love the trip odds are that will want bigger / better / different anyway).