I am looking to pickup a smaller pocket cruiser
with the intention of fitting it out for complete off-the-grid liveaboard
style cruising. Ideally I am looking to spec out the boat to be very green with the ability to stay offshore
for long stretches at time without having to come back to land.
A little about myself: I am a 26 year old now back in my home state of Connecticut. I've been sailing since I was ten. My grandfather had a 30' Cape Dory Ketch
that I really wish I had shown more interest in a few years ago when he sold it.
I did the Jr. Sailing thing through middle school/early high school racing
Laser Radials (full rigs too but not as much or as well) and later Club 420's and FJ's on the high school
varsity team. When I turned 16 I became a junior instructor at one of the local schools and I stayed on board with them throughout high school and when I was home for summer break from college. I eventually became Sr. Instructor, Jr. Program Manager and later Operations Manager/Asst. General Manager. It was mainly a junior's summer program but we also did adult education on both beach boats, Ideal's and on our small little floatilla of J-24's. The J's were a blast (after I left the school downsized and sold them off) and I helped get a junior J thing going which was a lot of fun. Aside from the Cape Dory
and the few J boats my keelboat experience is limited to crewing
on weeknight races but I have been fortunate enough to get a little tiller time on some older 12 meters.
Immediately following graduation I found myself as a first mate on a 70' oyster
catcher turned booze cruiser and got my hands dirty keeping that old wooden boat looking good. In 2009 I took and passed the USCG Master's course but due to my inability to give up smoking ganja never finished all the paperwork or passed the drug test (I see this as total discrimination to the responsible tokers bc the alchi's have no problem getting everything in order)
I will admit I've fallen off from sailing since graduating from CU-Boulder in '08 and splitting my time between winter snowboard season and my exploits in kiteboarding (got into it in 04/05 and my participation in dinghy
sailing has sharply declined since).
Since spending a few years as both a kite bum in Brazil
and a snowboard bum in the high country of Colorado I've recently setup a budding snow/skate/kite boardshop in Connecticut and that's going reasonable well. The brand is growing and people are pretty into it- but I still feel pretty unsatisfied with my current
setup, particularly my living situation.
I would like to begin transitioning away from the day-to-day grind of running the shop and sell off some of my shares and find some people who have more passion for running a retail shop. I want to get back on the water
more and explore new kite destinations by boat.
Ideally what I would like to find is a small, but capable, bluewater boat that can be made to go anywhere and reasonable cozy for 1-2 people.
I've been looking at the usual suspects- Vega's, Tritons, Contessa, Alberg
, few Tartans but is there anything that might be a little more unusual or that I am overlooking?
Thanks for any and all advice. Sail on.