Hi everyone. So within the next year or so I'm hoping to buy a boat 36-42ft and cruise
and spend a lot of time stopped in Mexico
when not cruising. It's myself (turning 40), my wife and my son ( who will be a 3 1/2). I've had quite a bit of experience when I was young basically being born on a boat and sailing until I was about 17 in Lake Ontario
. We still have a boat there, a Nonsuch 30 which is the easiest boat to sail. I have forgotten much of what I had learned but I'm sure sailing in the ocean is completely different and a new learning
experience anyway. I've started reading some books
and studying online to prepare myself.
I'm just tired of working all the time, never seeing my family
, and hate the cold weather
where I live now in Calgary. My wife is Mexican and has a lot of family
so I was hoping to stay in a marina in Huatulco and sometimes Cancun
for a lot of the year when not cruising. So I've started to look at boats but my max budget
is about $50000. I'd prefer to keep it in the 30's so I have room for repairs
and upgrades. The only income
I'll have is from a rental property I own which will give me $1200/month and some decent savings, but I'd rather not touch them.
Anyway, it's been great reading about people's experiences because I'm definitely a bit scared about taking on this life change. So it's nice to see those with good experiences cruising or living with families. Any advice would be great especially in terms of looking at boats for my situation.
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