I have been reading posts for months trying to figure stuff out. It's actually quite addicting. So many here have a lot of good advice and experience. It's hard to stop reading.
So, here's my story. I know that it will sound a bit crazy, but be gentle, I really do plan to execute this plan and I was hoping to get some feedback from folks who are already living the life.
I have 5 kids
(yes 5) and I am ready to take the plunge and move myself and my kids
aboard. I honestly do believe that this experience will be amazing for them. My mom will also be joining us. My plan is to do this in 2 years, so that my oldest son can finish 8th grade and start high school
fresh in another state. I am also planning to relocate to Miami
. My 4 other kids at that time will be entering 6th and 7th grade. (I have twins). My youngest will be 5. After going back and forth for months over size and motor
vs. sail, I have decided to get both. I was initially planning on needing a 80-90' boat, but reality set in and as I am new to boating
, it wouldn't be feasible to get a boat that big and need crew, ect. So I figured that if I get a 50ish' Trawler
, (really like the Defever) and also get a 40ish' Cat (really like the Lagoon
440), then I will have enough space that everyone will have a cabin
and plenty of space to spread out, but I will still be able to operate.
The plan is to live in a marina for at least 4 years to get my oldest son through high school
(he is the only person in the family
in resistance). During this time I can take the kids on weekend trips and school vacation
trips and get comfortable with operating both of these boats proficiently and hopefully learn some routine maintenance
, troubleshooting etc and take a bunch of classes
. Then, when my oldest completes HS and is off to college I can evaluate at that time wether to get the other 3 older kids through HS or homeschool the rest of their time. At some point I will take off and cruise
, but I want the kids to go happily or be in college at the time. My youngest son will be home schooled for sure, because there is no way we can wait 12 more years to get him through school.
The marina that I have been looking at actually has an anchorage area right next to it, so I was thinking that I would slip one of the boats and anchor
the other for free. That way, my kids will have solid ground to run off and on all day, but will still keep the slip fees
down. So here come my questions:
If I am planning to homeschool my youngest eventually, should I enroll him in school until I take off, will probably mean land school for 4 years maybe 5 or 6 or should I just homeschool him right from the beginning so he will be used to it?
I am planning on a Trawler
, probably an 80's model for less that $250k and a cat at the same budget
, (not sure what year that will put me in). I will then have 4 years to do do upgrades etc, to prepare for my cruising life once I own the boats, so I'm not going to budget
for that now. But, I am concerned about maintenance
and hauling, bottom paint
, breakages, diver and routine stuff. I have budgeted 2k per month, or $24k yearly for both boats. This is NOT including slip fees
, cable, electric
, just maintenance. So, my question is, is that enough for two boats??? $1000 per month per boat.
Should I try and avoid boats that have exterior wood? If it does have teak
on the outside what will that mean for maintenance?
One last question,(for now :-) What kind of daily maintenance do I have to worry about. Do I have to fresh water
spray the boats every day? Do I have to wash them? Is that once a week? How often do I have to wax them? Do I have to polish crome daily??? Besides general cleaning
, do I need to do something with any interior
wood that the boat may have? Just not sure about this stuff.
Thanks in advance for any input. Looking forward to your responses.