Thanks for the input. Presently I'm located in DE but looking to relocate depending on how things work out with my job (not planning to make the boat purchase before that mess gets sorted out). It wouldn't make much sense to get a cruiser if I end up in Wichita. That aside, since we are allowed to commute to the airplane I'm looking to move back towards the Carolina coast where I have family
In terms of cruising, I'm only one guy and would probably only have 1 maybe 2 on board with me if we're actually cruising to a destination
. A few more maybe for an afternoon or possible weekend but I really don't want to get a hotel
. Mainly I'd be looking to start out cruising the Eastern Seaboard and the Bahamas
through to the rest of the Caribbean
As for budget, being young and saving everything I can has acquainted me with
resourcefulness to some degree and I'd like to apply that idea here too. At present I'm looking to put about 30k-40k into something manageable. Ideally I'd like to either find several candidate make/models and look for those characteristics at a marina auction
and spend the money
fitting it back the way I'd like to have it set up. Otherwise, if I could find a boat that although may cost a bit more to buy, has been cared for and maintained such that it may not need major repairs
, deck core
, etc...) for the next 2-5 years that would be a possibility too.
I've been reading a lot of good things about Pearson
35/365/367 as well as various Catalinas. Although Island Packet
makes for a nice boat (co-worker has one and has been showing me a lot around the Chesapeake) I'm afraid that they are just too far outside my price
range. Most Jeanneau
models I've seen also appear to trend towards this conclusion.
Ideally I'd like to get something in the 35'-40' range (even if for my price point it means it needs some work) that has room aft with either a cabin
or quarter berth so that I can make (at least one side of the Vee) a work bench forward. As for the head
, most guys I have talked to use it in port and that's about it. Underway the "bucket chuck-it" method seems to be rather popular. Some have even gone so far as to tear out the sink in the head
because they only use the one in the galley
anyway so as to make room for a shower
. I have to admit that I like this idea, especially if your boat has room to install a fresh water maker.
Granted all this costs money
so I don't expect to get it all overnight. But like I said in the first post, I'm looking to get a boat that I can grow with and outfit as I go along. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was my great grandfather's plantation. However, they all did have goals in mind so I'm trying to take that lesson and be patient and resourceful.
Mean time, please feel free to advise as you all see fit. I'll admit that I have been learning
a good deal from crewing
on the Island Packet
and am in no major hurry to relocate until I find the right fit for location. I'm learning
good stuff here, a move would probably stop that for a while until I end up on the water somewhere else. Although we do make sure to walk through the yards each time we go out, ya know... "just in case." :-)
Please keep in touch, I look forward to hearing hearing your insight.
Until Next Time