Originally Posted by Finditsurfit
Looking for a boat is scaring tha crap out of me. I want a tri or cat that i can take two other couples on for surf trips up and down west coast with storage
for our 12 boards. And in 2 years I want to cross through the pacific back to new zealand
where my wife and i lived. the problem is I need to find a boat for under 150000 and perferably 135000. that is well equiped. I can buy anywhere on west coast, Mexico
and florida/carribean. I just feel overwhelmed with it and am in need of advice. also we will be full time live aboards.
Also does anyone have info on how a 41 lauren williams sales I found on in la paz it just interested me. and I liked the outside deck
Thanks for the help!
It can be
a bit overwhelming, FISI, but hang in there.
It's good that you are willing to look far and wide for a multihull
, but I would suggest that buying
one in the Caribe and relocating it to the west coast would be an adventure, to some extent, but mostly it would be an ordeal. Others have suggested that bringing four other people aboard to share your liveaboard
quarters will seriously strain your friendships, and I agree. But I would maintain that after sailing a used boat
(that you won't know very well) from the Caribbean
, through the Ditch and all the way uphill to the US west coast, you won't even like yourself
The vessel in La Paz looks
pretty decent, and the price
is attractive, but only a thorough survey
will ascertain its worth. Otherwise, I would say your budget
is unrealistic for the size vessel you're thinking of, and the multihull
market on the west coast is pretty thin. If you do get the La Paz vessel, you will still need to move it quite a distance to get it back to the US west coast, even if San Diego
is your home.
The suggestion of Steve Rust to have your friends drive to the surfing locations you have in mind is the best way to preserve your friendships - maybe even your own relationship. You would have more privacy in a 40'+ catamaran
- you will have none, virtually, in a tri of similar length. Privacy may seem trivial to you, but most women don't see it that way at all.
It's a bold dream you have, FISI, and "fortune favors the bold," so I wish you the all the best in your sailing and surfing adventure.