Originally Posted by LakeSuperior
I have come to the conclusion that every boat has to be worked on independently of age! Yes that means new boats, one year old boats, two year old boats, etc.
With a new boat the first several years are shake down, getting the rigging
right, adding a water
maker, solar panels
, sail handling equipment
After the initial first few years, because the rate of deterioration of the subsystems is so phenomenal, your new boat is now aging and you are stripping and varnishing, working on the generator
, chasing leaks
, greasing the anchor winch
I guess the point is you can find a boat in good condition but it will still require a whole lot of work to fix the bugs and keep it functional. I would rather learn short cuts and idiosyncrasies at home with a local support net than when I am on my own cruising in a foreign country.
I agree wholeheartedly with you on this one, no matter how well equipped, I've yet to own a boat that didn't need work, even new ones, unless your buying in the high end of the market where a guy named Biff comes to fix it under warranty, personally, I don't have that kind of money, if you do I'm definitely jealous.
Of course if you look hard enough and long enough you can find one that is 85% there and the way you like it, which is as good as it gets, but it'll always need something redone if only to fit your particular needs. Of course you don't want to buy a boat that needs a ton of work or head offshore
in an unfamiliar vessel, it's no fun, trust me.
Any boat over 5 years old will at least need electronics
if your planning to sail away to distant locations, the older they are the more systems that need attention and I don't mean major systems, it's usually a thousand little things that kill you.
As for ocean passages, there are several outfits that offer the "offshore experience", in reality they are usually charter
firms that work the Northeast in the summer and then transport their boats to their island charter
bases in the fall. There's a Swan charter fleet out of Newport
as well as others that do this, they charge passengers who move the boats with them to go along on the ride and participate in sailing and navigating the boats, they also offer some instruction along the way. It might be a good way to get you and your wife on an ocean passage
that's not too long but long enough to get a feel for it and see how she does. Even better is that your doing this in the company of seasoned sailors.
Of course you'll want to get more sailing time in overall before then.
Sounds like your wife has the right backbone though, renovating boats is much like renovating houses, just with more uncomfortably small spaces to get into and a lot of sticky compounds to deal with, I won't even mention fiberglass
dust in the shorts.......