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Old 14-12-2009, 17:21   #16
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25' very small for a live-aboard.


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Old 18-12-2009, 09:37   #17
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Anything is possible if you want it bad enough. My wife and I have this same dream. We had no sailing experience and neither of us are handy, but we just dove in head first. You will find there is tons to learn (sometimes you have to give your mind a break) and everything eventually breaks and costs money but thats half the fun of boat ownership. We bought our first boat this past april and moved aboard in July and are preparing for our first winter (and hopefully our last). Next stop the caribbean...

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Old 19-12-2009, 22:24   #18
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I am most likely the least qualified (poster) to give advice, but 30 foot is as small as I would GO: with the only exception being you can't go unless it's 25' then just GO.

What if you bought a boat from someone that has a slip but no longer plans on boating, maybe you could work something out?
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Old 20-12-2009, 06:14   #19
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Sanctuaryseeker, You might wish to review the posts of "Majdrew" on the forums. He left from the UK on a small steel sailboat fairly recently and is now in St. Lucia and headed for Florida. His activity seems to parallel your goals. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Old 20-12-2009, 09:32   #20
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size matters

25 very tiny, I believe only things like PS Dana, Midget 23, etc are (hardly) cruise-able. But note that many small HQ boats are very pricey.

27-29 more options: eg. the PS Orion, the IF, Francess 26, Contessa 26, Vancouver 27, WIBO 845, etc.., safer, roomier, still only for 1 or 2 very intimate crew (my own boat in this range). Probably best prices here, but still not minimum comfort, storage and safety in the seaway.

30-34 some v.good options ex. Victoria, Vancouver, WIBO, PS, Valiant, HR.

I believe the 30-34 size is the optimum happy minimum for 1 or 2 to live-aboard in relative comfort, safety at sea and to and cruise extensively on the budget.

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You might be able to deal with living on a 25ft. boat, but will it work with another person aboard? I did fine on my 30ft. Columbia, but I was single. I would've had to been on my honeymoon to add another person, and still not feel crowded.

You need to start kicking tires, and taking look sees in person to see what maybe comfortable for you. Once you see the layout of some boats per foot. Try living in that space alone in your house that is equal. Sometimes the dream does not meet reality, so do your homework, and a lot of it before you commit. In the meantime get in any kind of lesson, or time on other people's boats you can........i2f
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Old 21-12-2009, 15:25   #22
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Hi. Some suggestions, options...
The RYA courses are a very good way to get the theory and practical skills you need. You pay the fees, therefore you can ask any and every question you want and you'll get a thorough grounding that's not so easily or so quickly picked up by informal sailing with friends and acquaintances. However, any sailing or boating experience you can get that way is also very valuable, just different. RYA courses are available at evening or part-time day courses all over the country, try your local colleges, even far inland. To go along with the theory courses are a series of practical courses where you go out on boats and do all the regular stuff you'll have to do in sailing and being responsible for your own boat. The courses start at 'Competent crew', go on to 'Day Skipper' then 'Coastal skipper' up to 'Yachtmaster'. You will also need to do a course on marine radio and gain the certificate of competence in marine radio operation. This is a legal requirement without which you are not supposed to have a marine radio on board. It takes about a day to do, so not too bad. They also do short courses on diesel engine maintenance.

The RYA practical courses are available at many ports up and down the land. One company running the practical courses (from 1 day to a week or so on a yacht) I can recommend from personal experience is in Falmouth - 'Cornish Cruising', they have a website. Nice cruising area, 50 miles south of Plymouth and a great sailing centre, lots of boatyards, several marinas in the area and generally lots to watch, observe and learn from. But, Falmouth marina would charge you roughly 3000 to 4000 per year for berthing depending on exactly where within the marina your chosen berth would be and how long your boat is. Charges are usually per metre. And that's if there's no waiting list to get in.

Renting or buying a mooring is another possibility. Again, price and availability are decided by the desireability of the area and the pressure of numbers. Some places have long waiting lists and getting a mooring is very difficult. Coming down in price, you come to half tide berths - those that more or less dry out at low water. This means your boat must be able to take the ground without falling over, one of the reasons for the popularity of yachts with 'bilge' keels in this country. And then there are places you can simply anchor and stay several nights, several weeks, even months, sometimes cheaply, sometimes free. For instance, we used to anchor in Falmouth harbour a short dinghy row from the main part of the town for 6 a night. On the visitor's pontoon the fee would have been at least double.

With 15k to spend, you will be able to get a very good boat for yiour requirements - but you will need to look carefully and be patient. There are some amazing bargains to be had, particularly if you have the skills to bring a run down, slightly neglected boat up to a good standard of finish. Getting into major restoration is a whole other ball game and may mean a long and expensive period orf working on the boat, paying out boatyard fees and not going sailing. I'd recommend a fibreglass yacht and not really less than 30 feet overall. It's not just a matter of the living space, it's also to do with the weight the boat can carry. Too small a boat is easy to weigh down well beyond anything the designer intended her to carry to the point where the poor thing is as lively as a heavily obese labrador and just about as unpleasant to watch. A recent scan of the boats for sale listings shows quite a few boats that would do nicely and at a range of prices from around 8,000 right up to your limit. Prudence would, of course say, spend 10k or so and stash the rest for whatever additions and refurbishments you may decide are necessary. There really are so many boats out there for sale that it is a buyers market. If you have cash, you may shock yourself at the reduction in offer people will accept after they've had the boat up for sale for a year or so.

And a couple of questions. How are you going to earn a living? And how much of your life and your possessions are you actually going to load onto the boat?

Good luck,

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Hi. Good luck,


Thought you were gord may?? May want to check his avatar.
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All good advice Steve.

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