A couple of notes; advice is free and you get what you pay for so I won't be bothered if you ignore them.
- The sails ripping underway was either because you didn't sail the boat correctly or your sails were in terrible shape, both of which are not very difficult to solve but require you to take sailing and your sails seriously.
- Being laid up for a year getting some boat thing fixed that frustrates the hell out of you is the norm, not the exception. Ideally you can time it so you're not in the middle of your "dream". I have a friend who's been dealing with his diesel for a year with mechanics in Mexico
, getting parts
shipped in and out. Super frustrating. It's basically screwed his entire sailing plan.
In hindsight what he could have done instead was put the boat somewhere cheap with a good mechanic
, maybe even biting the bullet and beating to San Diego
where great mechanics are everywhere. More costly, but the job will be done well.
Or, park the boat somewhere and focus on living in that community and not doing a lot of underway time. We're in La Paz
right now and although I'm happy that our boat is fully operational, if we did get sidelined it wouldn't be so bad because our daughter is in preschool here and there's a whole city to explore.
If you can, make lemonade out of lemons. If your plans require you to have a fully operational vessel at all times you will be frustrated a lot. There are people who dump $500k (or more) into a boat or refits of the same and can probably circumnavigate with only a few spare oil
filters as supplies.
If you ever saw that movie
Master and Commander with Russel Crowe, half of the movie
was spent undergoing repairs
in a substandard locale or on shore dealing with health
issues. It's fittingly accurate.