Originally Posted by clockwork orange
So, its been over a year since this thread was started, it would be interesting to know what design the OP eventually chose if any,he had a good plan and realistic assessment of his needs.
Situation changed quite a bit. The economy meltdown started and our long term plan was no longer a priority.
Then a couple of months ago my wife got a nice severance package offer for employees that quit "voluntarily" and she accepted. This money
opened new options for us.
In the meantime boat prices dropped, so newer boats came into our price
range. Reassesment of our situation brought us to a new plan: Buy a boat near the tropics instead of building and sailing it there. Spend the year in carribean / Bahamas
/ US waters. Get back home and continue life.
I opted for a 1 year parental leave and will get back into my job in Nov 2010. It's not the perfect time for us (the kids
are 3 and 4 and I'd like to wait another year or two) but now is our chance to go.
In September I made a trip to Florida
to shop around for used boats and found lots of neglected crap but also some nice examples. Finally one came fine through the survey
, only minor issues and owner was OK to deal with. It's a 2004 Gemini 105
in mint condition, fitted out for a retired liveaboard
couple with wind gen, solar
, etc. The couple is no longer a couple and owner wants to get rid of the boat (or the memories??).
So I will not experience the joy of building a boat. But then I will still have a family
to go cruising with
is not really a bluewater performance boat but a modest coastal cruiser with a really nice layout, providing excellent privacy for a family
with two kids
. It can handle the Bahamas
/ Carribean trip and is cheap
enough to keep a nice cruising kitty. It's not a perfect load carrier so it's nice to have enough money
to eat out often
Since it's more a coastal cruiser I don't know if we want to bring it to Europe
afterwards. Maybe we will keep it there or just sell it after the trip. Time & first hand experience with the boat will tell.
So if everything goes as planned we will leave after christmas
and then go cruising