Originally Posted by Wookiee_King
I'm planning to move to the USVI next year. I would like to sail there and use the boat as home while I get established. I would like people's ideas of small boats with shallow drafts that would be suitable to sail from Florida to the VI's. I am well aware that a boats capabilities are based 90 percent on her crew, but for arguments sake we will focus on the other 10 percent in this thread. I'd also love any ideas people might have on making 25ish foot boat an efficient live aboard. Anything from motor choices to galley upgrades. I just spent 2 years living in a VW bus and I'm only 28, you'd be amazed how little I require to live like a king. One quick edit here. I feel I should mention that while living in that bus I was working about 80 hours a week. While technically homeless,I was not a bum. It was just a bet that got way out of hand.
Hi ! How about using the KISS principle (Keep it simple, stupid) ?
A 25' Freedom with a small one cylinder diesel
No electronic apart from a speedometer & a depth-meter ?
A plastic sextant
with tables + a small GPS
Kerosene lamp inside, keeping the electricity for navigation
lights & short wave receiver-radio. No fridge, an ice box when anchored near civilisation
I would sail from wherever I would find a Freedom 25
& then down the USVI , if you try to go from Florida to USVI you'll be motoring/sailing against the wind
& against the current
Check the weather
& avoid hurricane
season (August to November)... Good luck.
PS: I'v sailed over a 3 year period from England
to Vancouver (Via the Canaria islands, the West Indies, New England
, back to the West Indies, Panama
, French Polynesia
& Vancouver) aboard my 31' sailboat with my wife as only crew; I can tell you small boats can take you a long long way: I met in the Marquesas
, a young couple that had decked a former liner lifeboat -with a one cylinder volvo- They had put a keel
& telephone pole as mast
with galvanized rigging
, & they had sailed so far from France
to the Marquesas
on their way to New Zealand