We're a young couple (25 and 28) looking to get started with sailing and hope to buy a sailboat to liveaboard
in 1 to 3 years.
Our idea all started when I was pondering about what to do after graduation. I have a job in tech, working remotely. I can work from anywhere in the world, so I was wondering where I should go. Maybe live the nomad life and jump from hostels to hostels around the world? Then someone mentioned a sailboat. It's self-sufficient, can be like your floating house, can travel the globe, and the boat has a value; whereas I'd otherwise be throwing money
at short term rents/hostels. We begun watching a bunch of Youtube channels of people living aboard
and sailing the world, notably S/V Delos and La Vagabonde. They've struck us as very inspiring and we've been obsessed with the idea since this Summer. Especially S/V Delos, since the skipper
(Brian) is also a software engineer
working remotely from his boat; that's what I'd like to do.
We're trying to slowly validate our idea by getting more and more into the sailing world. To begin, we took a basic cruising class and got our licenses (PLOC in Canada) recently. But now I graduate in December and it's time to think about the next step to accomplish my idea.
I think first we need to figure out: do we even like sleeping/living on a boat, and what sort of boat would fit us. To validate my hypothesis, my current
plan goes like:
- Try to attend a boat show this winter. I guess visiting a boat show would be the best way to get familiar with many models. We're avid travellers and I thought about attending the Phuket 2016 boat show in January. We'll be in South East Asia anyways at that time.
- Visit Florida or some similar place (South/close to US) in Feb/March and try to find a way to 'test drive' a bunch of boats: sleep on them and figure out if we even like the experience. If we hate it, then at least we'll know that life aboard isn't for me. Sail them and see what matters to us.
- Eventually figure out a boat that's not too expensive to practice and make mistakes on for ~1y.
- Then buy the actual sailboat we'd like to live on long term.
In particular, we'd like to look more at catamarans because of the speed/stability/space advantage, but we've never sailed on one and would like to validate the hypothesis.
My idea is that the whole thing will make sense if I end up paying less or about the same than I'd do in rent in cities like Toronto/NYC/San Francisco.