Good luck to you! I may even bump into you if things work out ok for me, all things being equal I should be down around Florida
sometime around April 2016 (aiming to get back to the UK at least 6 months after purchase
, so I need to cast off about the end of February/early March), doing the same sort of thing single
handed. I may even have some beers on board.
I have been looking around online at boats a lot, but I have to admit that what you can manage with 3 of you, is an entirely different ballgame to what I will need (for example I will need a windlass
for handling the anchor
, need foresail furling
rather than hank on, and I will have to have everything run back to the cockpit
for easy handling).
With care, and the advice of those here that know far better than me, you should be able to find something suitable in your price
range (don't let asking price
put you off, it's a buyers market, and sadly lots of people are under pressure to dispose of their boats).
Three of you should be able to do all manner of necessary TLC jobs really fast and at reasonable prices, but make sure if your budget
is $6.000, that the boat purchase
leaves you enough left over to get essentials done. Cosmetic stuff can be done pretty cheap
with plenty of applications of brainpower and elbow
grease, and at your age, with three of you, there shouldn't be a shortage of either.