Welcome aboard Amy,
I was also going to ask if the boat you’re buying is the Hartley Tahitian, ‘Prince of Tides’, and if so, will you keep her in Picton?
Just be aware that most NZ marinas
have live aboard quotas, and as a result sometimes long waiting lists. Nelson for example has I believe something like a 3 year waiting list. Also Regional Councils’ have rules and restrictions about living aboard
on moorings. And of course they authorise and inspect all moorings. Sure you can live aboard under anchor
pretty much anywhere you like, but not many people do that. So be very careful, before you buy the boat, check that you are allowed to live on her where you want to keep her.
I guess too you really need to organise a berth or mooring
before you buy. A berth for such a big boat wont be cheap
either. At Waikawa it will be $10K per annum, at Seaview cheaper at $7,500 plus a $1,000 live aboard tariff. And even at $200 per week that’s way cheaper than renting
a decent flat. I’m presuming you’d prefer a mooring as plugging into shore power
makes life much more comfortable.
Reading the posts above, you’ll be concerned by the warnings that people have given you. Some blatantly advising you not to buy. When it comes to friends and family
, I guess unless they know something about boats their advice isn’t especially relevant.
I am based in Wellington and for a long time had a mooring at Seaview. Something I noticed. At least 25% of live aboard people never take their boats out of the marina. They are just houses on the water for them and they’re happy with that. Big and comfortable to live aboard boats need considerable maintenance
as people have posted. Especially if they’re to remain in a condition to be able leave their mooring. When something seemingly simple goes wrong it will cost at least $1,000 and usually much more. Nothing ever costs less than $1,000 And things go wrong all the time. Boats (and the gear) are in horrible stuff called seawater, and lots of creatures that will find your boat an exceedingly attractive place to live too. So sometimes people can’t afford the time or money
to keep up the maintenance
and slowly the boats become derelict as boats in the true sense. But they’re still ok to live on.
You’ll quickly discover too that everything you need requires ‘marine grade’ and so is 3 times the price
of seemingly the same thing in non marine
grade. Much of the boat gear
for such a large yacht will originally have been a bespoke design and fabrication. And because your boat is big the prices of everything are set based on some mysterious marine
industry compounding formula. So for example my boat at 26 feet might say need a winch
that costs $500 you’d expect a winch
for your boat to cost say $1,500, but no it will more likely be $5,000. And nor will you have the variety of choice that I will. Few firms cater to that size boat market. So yes you’ll also spend a great deal of time chasing for parts
and or for people who can make something for you.
And again, as several people have pointed out, sailing/and motoring a boat of 18 mtrs is always a challenge, especially on a windy day. And we live in the roaring forties. On an 18 mtr boat, everything is heavy, everything is big and hard to handle. And everything is expensive when it breaks. On a boat being worked things break all the time. So at least one of you needs to be a real handy person with a good tool set.
I hate to come across as negative, one other factor; but one day you’ll want to sell. Almost no one wants ferro
boats. For various reasons they have an awful reputation, especially in NZ. And to be realistic, if ferro
boats were such a good idea wouldn’t people still be building them?
So you both need to decide whether you’re serious about sailing. And if you are, then probably a boat this size is a poor choice. But if all you want, 95% of the time, is a place to call home, and have the occasional little motor
sail around the Sounds. Then she is less of a risk.
Suggest you make the same post/question at crew.org.nz