Hi all! Long time lurker and new member
here from landlocked Montana! First off, please forgive my ramblings as English
was never one of my better subjects and I'm not particularly fluent in my typing.
A little about me. Used to live in North Carolina
, where I did alittle sailing while stationed at Camp Lejeune. Now I have moved back to Montana after I got out in 2008.
Last winter I decided I hate the snow and gotta get outta this place. I don't have much tying me here except my job, which isn't a real great one to begin with. So after searching for a good place to live I'm thinking I'd really like the US Virgin Islands
. I have restaurant experience and have heard that restaurant jobs aren't too difficult to get there, plus it being a US territory no special paperwork is needed. My girlfriend of the last 3 1/2 years will be going with me.
So heres my plan I've been working on. In the next year to year in a half I will be buying
a used sailboat, between 28-32'. This I feel is the sweet spot in regards to cost and the cost of maintenance/upkeep, and being small enough to be sailed singlehanded or with one other crew- the g/f. BTW, she has nothing tying here to staying here either.
My thinking is buying
a used boat, I've seen some- what look like- good deals on sailboats on Craigslist and yachtsworld. My price
range is only 5k-6.5k, at most 7k. I'm not afraid of doing alot of work on it myself as far as repairs
go- I'm working as a carpenter right now.
Some examples up on Craigslist right now:
Sailboat, 30ft Pearson
32' Irwin Sailboat
1981 Hunter "Cherubini" 25' Sailboat
Columbia 27ft Sailboat 1978
1975 35' Coronado Center Cockpit Sailboat
Theses are just a few of the ones I looked at. WHats your opinion of boats like these? Are they worth buying and spending a few grand to fix up? By few, I mean one or two BTW.
What I'd like to do, is buy the boat, haul it out, do whatever major repairs
need done to make it seaworthy
, repaint the bottom if needed and then put it back in the water
and sail it down the coast to Florida
and over to the Caribbean
, making my way slowly south to DR, PR, and finally to U.S.V.I. Ideally I'd like to find a mooring
that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, or even a slip- though I'm guessing they are hard to come by in the Virgin Islands
I have a few questions I'd like answered, and any and all help and constructive criticism would be appreciated. Oh, and BTW I have spent large amounts of time at sea, 8 months at a time. Granted it was a very much larger boat- and LHD, but I loved it. One of the reasons I want to do this is I'm an explorer at heart and love the sea. Also I'm an avid SCUBA
diver. Oh, and my girlfriend and I lived in a small 14' tow behind travel trailer for 3 years, even during the winter, so we are used to living in a small space. So, the questions:
1. Is living "on the hook" a viable option? Can I just take the dingy to shore to go to work? Probably join a yacht club to tie up at? Are their plentiful mooring
fields I can tie onto that I can stay at for a month at a time?
2. What do most do during hurricanes? Find a hole? Haul the boat out? Weather
it out at sea? Spend hurricane
season somewhere else?
These two questions mostly apply to the Virgin Islands- I know there are some frequent posters to the forum from there
Questions concerns comments? Thanks for putting up w/ my rambling. Oh, and go gentle. Let the games begin