My wife and I are going to retire to the Caribbean
or Central America
in the next few years. We are looking at a 38-42 cat to travel around. We would live aboard while we travel but would be based out of a land location.
Our problem is two-fold. One, neither of us have sailed anything larger than a 16' hoby cat. We are both power boaters but want the freedom of being able to sail to any location. Second, we are on a fixed income
and can not afford many locations.
We want to be based out of a land location. We are looking for getting the most for our money
, yet still have a good location for sailing adventures.
We lived in St. Thomas for 5 years and grew to love the island life and the endless opportunities of the water
. We really enjoyed seeing other island from our house our when on the water
. It was like living on a lake instead of the ocean. We owned a 25' power boat
and used it almost daily.
We love to dive, but got tired of just looking diving
. We enjoyed diving
for lobster and spearfishing. We also enjoyed diving for bottles, china
and other items. This mostly took place in St Thomas harbor. Visibility sucked but found many great historical items.
We are on a fixed income
from Social Security
and VA disability. We are able to spend around $4,000-$5,000 per month. This limits our ability to choose anywhere in the Caribbean/Central America. We are not opposed to the Pacific side but would prefer the Caribbean/Atlantic area as we already know and have friends in this area.
Are we crazy about taking on such a larger change? Is the learning
curve fast for cats? We would not do blue water sailing
until we were very confident in our boat and abilities.
Any help or advise would be great.