I've been sailing small sailboats since I was 12, but as I approach the end of my college studies, I find my self more and more drawn to a life of adventure.
So I have this idea I got from a blog i stumbled upon called hobo-sailer. He bought a cheap
32' boat and has been sailing the Caribbean
and New England
for like, 6 years or something. I only have about $25,000 in student loans to pay off and I'm thinking that once I pay it off and am effectively debt free, I'd like to spend 6 months in the Caribbean
sailing the islands in a cheap
, but reliable boat, preferably in the $500-$6000 range. I see a ton all over the place on craigslist and I've found a few blogs talking about their experiences, but none of them have the planning stage really mapped out. So my questions for you fine gents and ladies are these:
What boat would you recommend I look into? Used or new?
Where are some resources for this kind of an adventure on the web that I may not have found yet?
Have you ever tried a pro;onged island hopping cruise
and what did you like or hate about it? What things do you recommend or highly NOT recommend?
Is it worth it going it alone or should I try and convince a friend to go on this crazy escapade with me?
Any advice, tips, etc are appreciated. Also please note I am not anticipating all fair weather
and drinking rum
on a hammock, I know there are downsides to living on a boat, (mildew, rain, shower-less-ness at times, maintenance
, etc ) so know I'm not seeing myself as a romanticized Jack Sparrow the whole time. I'm in it for the adventure, rough times and all)
You all rock, thank you for any tips and advice you can throw my way! I got probably two years before castoff so I want to learn all I can in the meantime!