We are beginning to realize that my BF may be laid off. This is no certain thing but being a senior level professional in high tech, and having reached that "certain age" he is not likely to move on to another position comparable to where he is now.
So, if he should find himself at lose ends we will probably take the plunge and get cruising! The only trouble is that an early move will mean a budget
for a boat that is reduced to about half what we hoped / intended.
So I am looking at various smaller/ older boats that will meet our budget
To me what is a "dream boat" is any boat that gets us where we want to go in relative comfort, and safely with as little stress as is possible on the big blue.
Where we intend to go is....everywhere. At first we will build our skills through the sea of Cortez
and probably onto the Caribbean
. For the first few years any way. After that is onto the med, Baltic
sea, Pacific islands etc. No real plan here just interest in everything and everywhere.
Anyway, we are seeking a boat that will meet this need on a very tiny budget. I mentioned comfort and to me this means a decent mattress in my berth. Bucket head
is fine, no refrigeration
is fine. We are fairly rugged accepting people
I have been looking at a wide range boats so my questions reflect the desire to discuss that one particular make, not reflective of every thought I have on boats. I have to put that disclaimer out there because I am sure some contrarian will find fault with this post.
In any case, I have been looking at Mariner 31 and 32s. I have been googling around and they seem to have a loyal following and some have gone quite far afield.
But I have also noticed that there are some problems with these boats that might actually keep them from being ideal.
One - cabin
and deck rot
Two - no springers under the deck
stepped masts! Though owners have addressed this.
Three - deck to hull
Any way - there is one boat out there right now that was re-built and outfitted for an extensive cruise
. This was completed 2 years in the Pacific.
This boat is certainly attractive for already have been outfitted for extensive cruising but it might not be available at the time we go.
So I am wondering if we were to purchase
a Mariner 31 in good / great condition and outfit it ourselves, how difficult and expensive would it be to re-enforce some of the issues noted by other owners.
after all we don't want to rebuild
a boat as a hobby. But we are willing to spend a year making things right.
I have probably not addressed everything I should have because I am at work! But one thing to note, we have a dog and the companion way steps look navigable for him.