Hi all, this is my first post! This forum is fantastic BTW and I have gleaned a crapload of information from it.
I am slowly putting into place a 5 year plan where my fiancee and I begin to move my income
from offline to more temp-ish online work (I've been taking up transcription and other work) that I can do from anywhere.
In about the fourth year of this plan, I will sell off what I have left including my Tacoma and my house, and purchase
I am on the interior
of British Columbia
, which if you dont know, is a province in western Canada
My goals are to spend the next 4 years sailing a 20-25 foot boat here in the Okanagan (A somewhat large lake, 150km long and 4-5 km wide) and learning
the ropes. I will also be spending some nights living aboard
it to get used to that as well.
Back to my boat question! After selling everything, I predict I will have roughly 150,000$ cash in-hand. This may fluctuate a bit but it is close and I will have no debt come 2-3 years from now.
I was thinking, I will spend 50-70 thousand on a boat and keep the rest for cruising as a cushion in case I don't make enough money
just from my temp work to keep sailing. I also have some other skills but I will post this next question in the apropriate thread.
goals are to sail for the first 2 years or so in coastal waters around mexico's coasts and other souther/central american destinations. Between the 4 years of large lake sailing, and 2 years of ocean sailing, I will probably have gleaned enough experience to attempt a passage
to the french polynesias. After this a circumnavigation
or simply atlantic crossing
going into the Med.
After doing a lot of reading, I have some very rough ideas of what I would like in a boat.
1. Must be a blue water
cruiser. I know there are some trade-offs and some would recommend buying
a coastal cruiser then trading up later, but my thinking is this is a huge hassle and you never know what my money
and life situation will be then. I would rather get the boat I want from the start.
2. I was thinking a full cutaway keel
with a medium draft
. It seems a more modern shaped cutaway full keel
has many of the advantages of a fin keel with a lot of the strength and line holding ability needed for blue water
cruising. A protected rudder
is also ideal
3. 30-35 feet. This is probably the ideal size for me and the fiancee. There will never be children
, and at most one cat. I don't want to go too big as it becomes harder to handle, and single-hand if this becomes necessary.
4. As mentioned before, a 50-80 thousand budget
, ideally on the low side of that
I don't know how nice of a blue water cruiser can be found for this, especially one that does not need a huge amount of work to get it ready for sailing away, but maybe I will find a jewel in the rough
I am an experienced electronics
technician. I can re-fit and install all my own GPS
sounding, sonar, nav and comm equipment
etc. Other refits I will learn as I go but would like not to have to do a TON of work to the boat when I first buy it as I will be anchored on the west coast
, and it can be cold and rough
Does anyone have any suggestions for boats that fit the bill? I have read Mahina Expedition - Offshore Cruising Instruction
a lot and so many of them seem interesting, but it is a lot to wade through and taking in some of my considerations maybe you guys could help me thin it out. Then I can keep an eye out over the years and if near the end something desirable comes up I can be ready to pounce.
Thanks all! Feel free to critique my plan or criteria, you cant hurt my feelings