I am 45 and my partner is 43. I am an ex Sales Director, my Girl runs her own catering business. We both have limited experience on yachts and own and sail a racing
Hobie 16. (I know there is a world of difference - but we know how to sail and use the wind)
We really fancy renting
out our houses and living off the rental income
. We think we can raise about 100K - 150K by extending the (almost) paid of mortgages on our houses. After mortgage payments (after financing
the boat) / tax we think we can clear about £1.5K - £2K (Sterling) a month to live.
Can we make it work?
The choice is we don't charter
and live carefully (if it can be done...?).
Or we take a boat and charter
her as a skippered catered boat which gives less freedom but we both like people so possibly not so much of a hardship.
Is it for us?
If we can make it work, then the next question is how do we get the experience to know if this is the life for us?
(Any wonderful people out there please don't hesitate to let us know if you can help on this one.)
Choice of boat?
We have been looking at ex charter Lagoons (380/410), FPs (40-44) and Leopard
(40) - Possibly Broadblue
385. It was all going so well until Mrs stepped onto the new 44FP. After surgically extracting both her from the boat and the smile from her face, I know understand two things - One we cant afford it, two - this is the new benchmark for any choice.
Not worried about wear and tear as we are both good at repairing woodwork / linings / upholstery. I am an Engineer
and quite handy, so quite happy to fix even quite major stuff - but don't want to blow all my money
All suggestions very welcome.
We fancy sailing the world, but we want to start smaller. Where is a good place to start? BVI? St Martin
Thanks for looking, all sensible replies very welcome. I am aware I am asking for the answer to life, the universe and everything. (Its 42 BTW)