I'll preface this by saying that I have searched quite a bit on this site but still find myself with questions. I'm 24 years-old and will be moving to Eureka CA in March or April of 2012. I have some sailing experience on Laser and Hobies. I also got my ASA
101/103/104 in Los Angeles and we sailed to Catalina
. I have been doing extensive reading and research
and plan on buying
a 30'-40' boat to liveaboard
, gain experience, and someday sail around the world.
Now my questions...
1) I'm dreaming on a budget
and was curious what you guys think of some of the 10-15k boats available on the west coast
. I'm mainly looking at older Ericsons, Catalinas, Columbia
, etc...for example 1984 Ericson SAIL Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
I realize I will eventually have to buy sails
, winches, and so on...but would a boat like this be a good idea and at least able to sail from Marina Del Ray to Humboldt Bay?
2) Which leads me to my next question. I know that if I really put my mind to it I could probably sail up the coast on my own. Other people have done it with less experience and knowledge than me but I don't really want to take the risk. (plus some of the rules regarding anchorages
, and radio
protocol are still a little fuzzy to me) So I would probably need to hire a captain
to transport the boat for me. What might this cost and would it be possible for me to crew with them on the trip? (gaining experience along the way and getting to know my new boat) Is this a feasible plan?
3) How hard would it be to get a loan for an older boat like this. My credit score is 736 and I would probably have at least 2k as a down payment. Then I need to figure tax, insurance
, cost to hire a captain
, and slip fees
. Is there anything I'm forgetting?
Thanks in advance for anyone willing to help me out. I probably have a thousand more questions but these seem like the pertinent ones at the moment.