Originally Posted by jpcraw
If you were going to cruise
the South Pacific, what boat would you choose? For starters lets just say roughly 30-36', under $30k (boat alone).
Where to start...
Where to start? Define the cruising experience you are willing to tolerate. I think your three variables are -
Boat / Money
You can get a lot of boat in a hurry if you have a lot of money.
You can get a lot of boat cheaply if you are willing to invest time to fix it.
Honestly 30k is not much money for a boat that you intend to do passage
making on. If I wanted to see exotic places with a smaller (read cheaper) boat, I'd buy it in the region and sell it when I left.
The owner of this 30 foot boat is Canadian. He modified it extensively in order to hold stores and water. He single
handed it from Canada
and was selling it locally for $30,000.
You could have stepped aboard this boat, added groceries and gone cruising. He was nice enough to let us look around. The below decks was like a submarine. A place to sit and one berth. Everywhere else was lockers and gear
. Two people on this boat would have been tough.
I think $30k is a very sporty target for a passage