First question is about insurance
. I am not aware of any major Australian company that will insure a ferro
boat. You may be able to get insurance
but at some stage marinas
may not accept it.
Secondly why a big ferro
boat for Sydney
? It's an expensive place and with two kids
you may not have a lot of time to work on it. Think $4kpa for slipping (if the yard accepts your insurance), $2kpa+ for a mooring
, and that's just the beginning.
It's a long way from Townsville to Sydney, against the prevailing weather
. I've heard experienced cruisers describe the NSW coast as having the worst weather
they encountered anywhere in the world.
Taking a boat that distance needs two crew with experience, which in your case could mean your wife. Does she know?
I had a look on Boatpoint and got almost 5 pages of fibreglass boats 26' - 30', mostly in Sydney Harbour and under $25,000. Some of these may suit for a weekender. Why not have a look and ask a few questions.
Remember you'll need a survey
to get insurance so one of the first things you may want to do is to download the survey
checklist from a major marine
insurance company and see how a few boats measure up.
The total cost of a smaller boat could be les than a years operating cost on a big boat.