Could someone pass the cream or powder?
Anyway, with all of the help others have given us in the financial advice area, we are once again looking at putting our beloved boat up on the market so we can afford to live. We're just not rich enough to afford her AND go cruising. We have recently been trying to come up with boats that might make sense for us. We were looking in and around the $20-$30K mark. I'm posting
here to see if anyone knows of one for sale
, or even where to begin. Here are some items that are and are not important to us. Any ideas on cheapo (could be damaged) boats that fit?
Important to have:
*Water tankage capability 120 gals min
*Displacement and/or LWL - 26,000lbs or more sounds right. We don't like bashing around in light boats, don't like powerboat wakes causing us to rock, and we like to sit kind of still in a rolly anchorage. We found that a great stability comes with a 45' boat that is 26,000lbs. We would like to preserve this.
*Bluewater cruiser - good righting ability
*Sails to windward
*Rig set up to accommodate good sail inventory, including drifter or other downwind sails
*Set up to live at anchor
, or at least really cheap
so I can afford to put in generator
and wood stove and make it liveable at anchor
in all weather
*Need to be able to pull up to a fancy dock
and not look too poor - boat has to be able to clean up on the exterior so we don't look as poor as we are.
*Storage - hopefully low and below the waterline
*Aux diesel engine
*Cheap - can be bought for a max of $30K
*Sheets within reach of helm
. Halyards don't need to be.
*RUGGED - Ideally, I'd like a commercial trawler
vessel, etc... but we don't want to be dependent on diesel
*Monohull - there isn't a multi made that would be this cheap
that we could live at anchor with.
Not important to us, but usually are to others:
*Showers (ha ha ha... say what you will)
(keep on laughing... ha ha)
*The looks of the interior
*Number of berths
*Hull material (interested in steel
, FRP is ok, don't know much about ferrocement, wood is out - I stink at woodworking)
Nice to have:
enclosure or pilothouse
*Means to store tender
(davits or better yet... on deck)
*Whatever bluewater crusing gear
might be strewn about a project
boat of this price
I'd also be willing to do a trade
with someone who likes my boat and wants to upgrade, provided they have a really cheap boat they want to unload.
Any ideas on where to start? Winter gets you thinking...
PS: If I can figure out what boat to buy, ours will be listed again as the lowest priced model on the market.