In everyones opinion, what are the "deal-breakers" with taking on a project
I am in my mid 20's, have a respectable stream of income
and am working on developing sources of passive income
towers and leasing space)...All in hopes of eventually sailing off and being a liveaboard
bum in the next few years.
I am looking for a project
boat that I can work to fix up over the next 5 years or so while I still have to work anyway.
So, what should I look for as far as "what not to buy?" I want to buy a real beater and fix it up. I real super piece of **** beater for next to nothing.
I have access to almost every kind of useful tool, lots of free time on the weekends, and would not have trouble rebuilding a diesel
. I also work in electronics
so that end would not be trouble either. I have a 100'x50' pole barn stocked with tools that my grandfather left to me a few years ago. so i am in a position to do some major work on something. My grandfather was an avid boater and rebuilt several motorcruisers while he was still around, and all the tools he used are still around...that and lots of brass/ss! It's not so much the money
thing, although I can't at present afford a $200K vessel...it's more that I would rather restore something so that I know for sure how everything works and in what condition everything is in before I set off on some kind of crazy circumnavigation
adventure...and the booze and women are killing me! Killing me! I need a healthy and engaging hobby...like building a boat.
I am thinking that the hull
has to be solid, the mast
has to be in good shape, and rigging hardware
should be OK/mostly restorable. If I could field most of the equipment
in the head
, that would be nice as well. I am not concerned about refrigeration
or AC. I would be more than happy to live without if I can't find solar
power solutions to take care of those needs...and I don't need AC at all.
I am a bit old fashioned and am leaning towards a ketch
, maybe something with a center cockpit
but am undecided as to the center cockpit
at present. I like having the main cabin
at stern, but don't like the idea of trying to heat something that is pretty much cut in half. On the other hand I like that the engine
room is usually a real engine
room in a center cockpit
...not only do you have excellent access to the diesel
but you have a place to store tools and supplies in a convenient place...some of the center cockpit
layouts are less than ideal though. I think that if i go with a center cockpit i will basically gut the front half and make it one big salon
...opened up like. most center cockpits have a head
in front and back. i don't see any purpose in having more than one head...just more to break and take care of. so i would rip that out as well...I would like to outfit the vessel to be capable of single
handing as I will probably basically doing all the work myself...
so back to the original question, if i am willing to put a few years of hard work into something to make it a nice blue water
vessel, what should I look for and what should I look out for?
I am new to this forum so don't be too harsh! I have been reading for a few weeks and respect the opinions of most of the well informed users here and I want to get along with everyone!