Originally Posted by bigwhyte
.. so what do i look for. every other add says blue water how do u realy tell ?
I am dreaming of the future and maybe living aboard
at some point or extended cruising
. I am clueless about boat types but am learning
I am a complete novice
at this but if the idea is extended on-board time what I am noticing is that suitable boats have significant storage
for ship's stores.
How do you tell if there is sufficient storage
for ship's stores? It seems to correlate with water
storage and fuel
As I browse boats.com listings I am making a list of boats with higher fuel
and water tankages and these seem to be a good basis for developing a list.
Along with these parameters I am selecting my LOA
and boat configuration. This being a realistic expectation of what I can afford and what I can handle short handed or single
handed. 65 feet and 5 sails
is out of my price
range and too much work for two people or single
handed. I am working to a maximum of 36 or 37 feet.
like furling sails
, autopilots and so forth can help.
The next parameter, and I think the last thing to investigate it handling and sailability. Most would argue this comes first but in my mind you can have a great sailing boat but if it holds 12 gallons of water and 15 gallons of diesel
, you won't be going to far in it. Sailability and handling become the discriminating factor.
Our club has "round the world" visitors almost every week. I make it a point to talk to them about their boat, what makes it suitable, what they wished more of, and what bugs them.
Most are happy with their choice but none so far wished they had less fuel, water or storage space.
2 cents worth from a newbie...