Originally Posted by jakeinator
I know this is very random but I live in California and my dream is to purchase a soild offshore/cruising sailboat in Australia and sail to indonesia-fiji-hawaii then home to california. but im having trouble finding sailboats in OZ, can you tell me the best websites for sailboats in OZ or whats the best way to find one?
It would be my pleasure...
Here in Oz we've got many, some of the best are:
Used Boats - New Boats - Search New & Used Boats For Sale - BoatPoint Australia
Bought mine (Compass 28) on boatsales.com.au
To Shane, the OP, four years on, what did you end up doing?
Buy a boat here or go to the USA to buy?
I went through the exact same mental conundrum:
Plan A: Buy a fixer-upper here in Oz and work on her while my daughter was doing high school
Plan B: Save save save and buy a ready-to-sail-away boat when daughter was finished school
Plan C: Save save save and buy a cheaper boat in the US or UK and start full-time cruising from there, not returning to Oz at all, maybe never...
Wanting to make a start, i started on Plan A a few years ago, but by the time the daughter finished school the renovations on the fixer-upper boat were very behind schedule, and i had to face the fact that i'm not a welder's bootlace...
So i reverted to Plan B; sold the fixer-upper, bought a Compass 28 for $21k (ironically, that's the list price for her when she was brand new in 1974) and moved aboard.
The economics worked out better; even though s/h boats are a bit more expensive in Australia (a simple supply and demand thing) relocating to another country, renting
a car and inspecting boats to buy just didn't work out. I'm an accountant and i crunched the numbers thoroughly.
Paying a bit more here in Oz yet being closer to known networks and employment
prospects just worked out cheaper.
And although i'd love to start my cruising career in the EU, the job opportunities for a teacher (i'll need to work along the way - oh, and i'm a teacher as well as an accountant) in SE Asia
are way better, and cost of living is cheaper.
Methinks i can spend years pottering around SE Asia
, working a month or two here and there...
So tell us Shane, if you're listening, what did you end up doing?