Hi all, my wife and I are searching for the "right boat" - and haven't found it yet. We're not ready to sail, need to LEARN first, so we're hoping to get the chance over the next year to both learn and be on different sized boats.
Initially we estimated that we would want something in the 42-50 foot range for several reasons. We've been re-evaluating that lately and decided we can most likely go with a boat that will be around 28-32 or so feet instead especially for what we're planning on doing the next few years.
Also, given a lot of the discussion here in this thread, it appears we're "thinking along the right lines" with most folks here.
Our main issues are obviously seaworthiness and condition (we're planning on buying
a used boat), the galley
... it has to be a good one, since she's an awesome cook and I want her to have all the right tools for her use. The next thing is sleeping area - has to be big enough for us both. The last thing is electronics
systems (I can handle anything in the radio
area since that's my real life job for the last 35 years or so) and mechanical condition of the engine
. None of that is in any particular order of course but just some things we're considering right off.
As we learn more, we will probably add more to the list.
But we discussed in great detail buying
a boat here in Colorado (there were several in the 28-32 foot range) that have never left the lakes and using it here (for learning) then either transporting it, or trading it out later to someone who wants a boat here, or selling it outright and "starting over" on the coast.
Our INTENTION as of now is to spend summers outside if hurricane
regions (perhaps traveling up to the Great Lakes
where we're originally from) and then back south to the Gulf and Caribbean
during the rest of the year.
We're not sure where (I saw this discussion in another thread) where we will "register the boat" or whatever we need to do yet though. Or really where we will call "home port" just yet.
Does this sound "ok" to everyone so far?