I'm about 5-6 years out from being able to act on anything, but my wife and I have been talking for quite awhile about this and have done a fair amount of research
of several aspects, so excuse me if this seems pointless from someone with my limited experience.
I'm hoping to convert a fishing trawler
into a liveaboard
for around $150k (US), as our first/permanent home. Initial investigation suggested 40-45 ft is adequate to raise a family
(Considering 2-3 children
, but likely only 2), though I've found the price
change for non-convereted fishing
vessels can easily exceed 100 ft. We're aiming for the 45-80 ft range, most likely within 50-65 ft.
Because of my career, funding
shouldn't be a problem once we're afloat, nor location, so we should be able to cruise
around wherever we want. We're going with the $150k limit for realistic purposes within the 20% downpayment of the kind of savings we'll likely have in the 5 year minimum we're looking at.
I am aware of how expensive a boat renovation/conversion can get and how quickly, especially with working on a boat that size, so please, reserve the "You don't know what you're getting into" comments to an absolute minimum.
My question today is in regards to transportation when cruising. Does anyone have any experience with motorcycles? A small crane/winch could easily be used to lift
a small "cafe racer" style motorcycle onto the dock
, and I've seen some extremists use steel
beams to nail bitingly guide their bike onto the dock
. Assuming you're using a small naked bike empty of liquids, you're looking at roughly 300 lbs.
Or should I strongly invest my time into bicycling? I currently live in a fairly urban area, and bicycling isn't too far out of question. If so, mountain or urban bike?
I get that I can walk/bus/taxi most anywhere, but I'm mostly curious about the Caribbean
stops. What do most people use to get around?