The good news is you and your gf have experience living in tight quarters. I lived in a cab over camper for a year when I was in mechanic school
. Had a blast.
In you budget range all those boats will be "well loved" - Just my opinion here...
Coronado - Needs an engine
- bad choice
- needs a mainsail
- cheaper than an engine
, can find used mainsails. Very tight v-berth. Long term may feel really crowded. I would strongly suspect the gold plated (spray can overhaul) - atomic 4 is a gas engine - not as safe as diesel
but lots of these around.
- Looks like about an 80-90% refit
is done. Owner motivated. This might be a diamond in hiding. The devil is in the details. He lists a lot of what's done. Not a lot of what's left to do. Can be pricey to finish up.
- Not a lot of info in the ad. Looks like another spray paint overhaul
. Well worn interior
but as a carpenter
and being handy this is not a concern. It's in the right location - you'd need to ask a lot of questions about this boat.
- No tot piss of the Hunter fans but it is just too small for your purposes.
Choice 1 Pearson and some money
Choice 2 Irwin
Choice 3 (maybe 2) Columbia
after a lot of discussion.
Your budget is alarmingly small. Just so you know. A couple of grand in fixes goes extremely fast. Just anti-fouling paint
and supplies to apply it can run you $500-$800 bucks. Sheets
, blocks etc. are all expensive. Engine parts
alone for a head repair can run $2,000 - $4,000+ for a full overhaul
The go small guys will tell you you can get almost anything used or in a dumpster. Maybe so. But you have to visit the dumpster every day for a year waiting for what you need to be thrown away.
In other words time can be converted to money but without realistic expectations you could get a boat, estimate $2,000 to get it ready and get stuck forever with a bad boat.
Good luck with the plan - It is not undoable or unreasonable.
A safer modification would be fly to USVI and check out working and living there. Figure out how to go sailing in your off time to learn sailing. Maybe the perfect boat will fall in your lap while you are there. If not in one year you have spent a year in USVI having fun and can again look for a boat in FL. and go get it.
You'll know a lot more about boats by then...