Originally Posted by Tsofli
That was the best answer for me, to understand. I have no skills really but i have to start somewhere. I am impressed with the bus job u did.
I am just kind of broke and try to get to sail, on a boat i will own on my budget
with no loans. I just can't allow my self to finance a boat
Listen to what the others have said, there is truth in all the previous posts; especially what Borocay posted.
I have refitted 3 vessels (and after each I vowed never to do it again).
Size is really one deciding factor.
Another is the scale of the work required, it would be very unusual to find a boat with a good hull
and good rig, sails
(and it's systems) in good condition but with a sad interior. Finding a good hull should be fairly easy but if the interior is shot, so will the rig, sails engine
and so forth - unless you are very very lucky.
So not only do you have to refit the interior, you will need to refit / replace essential aspects of the boat i.e. sails etc.
The dollars climb rapidly and the time taken skyrockets and every foot longer cubes the cost.
I am concerned when you say you don't currently have the skills or the dollars. You can get by without one but not both.
Some options are:
1. Start small and see how you go, if it doesn't out, not much is lost
and on the one hand you might quickly develop the skills and be able to tackle something bigger.
2. Learn to live with less below (less is more
). You really only need a dry bunk, somewhere to sit, a small galley
(single burner portable stove), maybe a sink, maybe a head
. The rest is luxury that you must decide for yourself if you are willing to pay the price
in terms of time and money
3. Find another dream to follow.
As Borocay also suggested, find the local boat graveyard of broken dreams; there will be give away old boats there that have broken many a dream. Every sizeable waterfront or riverside port has one somewhere it seems. Usually in the less shiny side of town.
But yes, it is doable - just might not be easy.