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Old 17-05-2014, 16:24   #16
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...We are two regular guys from Norway...
We have both decided to take at least a year off from work...
decided to get a head start on our time in the Caribbean by buying a boat in the US, and make the boat seaworthy over there...
-Our budget for the boat is +/- 20.000 US $

-38-45 feet...
-Steel hull with a long keel...
-Preferably a boat with a pilothouse, however not a must.//
-Boat should be located on the East Coast. as far south as possible.
You really need to do some more thinking about this.

It would be foolish indeed to confine your search to only the southern east coast.

A pilothouse in the Caribbean? What are you thinking?

A large steel hull with a long keel in the Caribbean? How about an older multi-hull with no keel?

Your budget is OK, if you're clever and determined. I'd look for a boat with some particular value-shattering problem that you can either fix correctly, patch quickly or overlook.

Your 1 year off shouldn't be spent working on a boat.
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Terra Nova::: We plan to take the boat back to europe after sailing the caribbean, thats the reason we want a boat with a long keel and a steel hull. And in our part of the world a pilothouse is very comfortable because of the terrible weather. Wont be much needed in the caribbean though :-)
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Old 17-05-2014, 17:26   #18
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Terra Nova::: We plan to take the boat back to europe after sailing the caribbean, thats the reason we want a boat with a long keel and a steel hull. And in our part of the world a pilothouse is very comfortable because of the terrible weather. Wont be much needed in the caribbean though :-)
Instead of buying a boat suitable for Northern Europe and making do with it in the Caribbean for a year (and most likely being miserable in a very hot steal pilot house) why not buy a smallish 30-33' BeneHuntAlina for under 10k, sell it for around what you pd for it at the end of your year then buy your Northern Europe boat once you're back in Northern Europe? Horses for courses and all that.

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Old 17-05-2014, 17:43   #19
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Re: Project: Sailboat

This should be obvious, but adding the need for the boat to be competent enough for a trans Atlantic passage really ups the ante from one suitable for Caribbean cruising. Those two tasks have rather differing parameters, especially on a restricted budget.

You might want to reconsider the game plan, for the odds of success as stated are slim... not impossible, but slim!

Good luck anyway, 'cause it will be an adventure no matter which way you decide to go.

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Thank you guys. BTW we plan to sail the boat home to Europe at the end of our trip. Does anyone here know anything about the Bruce Roberts boats?
Yes. Bruce Roberts is a boat designer. Designs boats and sells the plans. Some of the designs are very good, some not as good.

Keep in mind that Roberts only designs boats and does not build them so the quality of the finished product depends on the builder. Some are home built disasters, some are first class. I think some small boat building companies have used Bruce Roberts designs so there are some professional made boats out there as well.
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Terra Nova::: We plan to take the boat back to europe after sailing the caribbean, thats the reason we want a boat with a long keel and a steel hull. And in our part of the world a pilothouse is very comfortable because of the terrible weather. Wont be much needed in the caribbean though :-)
OK.

Pilothouse versions should be much more common in your part of the world than the southern part of our eastern coast. So I would again encourage you to reexamine your thinking on this. Surely there must be attractive project boats already close to you.

On many/most sailboats there are ways to build on a hard dodger for the purpose of pilothouse. One of mine has circumnavigated. But you'd be smart to keep the projects to a minimum, and to build your boat near home. That way you are not in a position where $ is rapidly going out while nothing is coming in.

Unless you see some incredible opportunities, here, that I certainly don't see, either build your boat while you're still working, or save up enough to buy a nearly 100%-ready-for-sea vessel. Avoid serious projects. Everything costs twice as much as you'd think, and takes three times as long.
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