Originally Posted by Velma
...Do you know of any good places in the Caribbean that we could purchase
a sailboat? ...
The trip from FL to the E Caribbean only involves 4 overnight passages, I think. But pretty much the whole way is upwind, often dead upwind.
We didn't care where we bought Ocelot but it ended up being from SunSail in St. Martin (NE Carib). There are LOTS of charter
operations in the E Carib, & the good ones sell their boats after 5 years or so.
needed a new suit of sails
, & a storm anchor
, but most of the rest was there. Mostly she needed conversion from a charter boat to a cruising boat, which mostly involved getting away from dependance on the engines for anything except propulsion
. So we added solar panels
& converted a fridge to 12v electric
& bought a sun-shower. Unless you buy a boat that's been cruising a while, plan on spending a few months converting a charter boat into a cruising boat. St. Martin was a good place to do that.
Other aspects of living in the Carib mostly depend on your lifestyle. If you want to live like you're in the USA, you'll go through a ton of money
(& probably be unhappy). We cruised the Caribbean for much of the 80s (our son was born in Martinique) & again in 2002 with both kids
(then 12 & 15) at the beginning of our current cruise
. Much of that is written up in the Caribbean
section of our website. (Gosh, that seems like such a long time ago...) In our Cruising Info
section we also have an FAQ page
that you might find helpful.
One lovely aspect of the cruising lifestyle is that cruisers are VERY
supportive of each other & will usually help other cruisers in any way they can. We tend to work on a "karmic circle" principle, as we know we'll all need help sometime ourselves. Very different from the dog-eat-dog world of corporate USA.
Good luck finding your dream!!