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Old 25-06-2011, 14:45   #16
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Once again - I just have to say thank you to everybody that responded! These are all great answers and very helpful! I love the helpful nature of this community!

Good luck to you and yours
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Old 25-06-2011, 15:56   #17
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Once again - I just have to say thank you to everybody that responded! These are all great answers and very helpful! I love the helpful nature of this community!

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No problem! And if you got $1.5M to spend of a boat, we can help with that as well.
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Old 25-06-2011, 17:31   #18
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On the ballance, I think I have done ok.
Yes it would have been nicer to have much more money.
I doubt I could have done much better given all the considerations of who I am and what I had etc. By 'who I am" I mean my adilities, or lack, of doing things mechanical. I'm sure theres many more people better suited in that regard. I think there's also better people who would put more work into their boat than me. etc.

Just go do it and fix up the mistakes along the way
...and spelling isn't one of them

Mark, from what we see, your big ability is attitude and personality. Probably huge factors that seldom get mentioned in discussions about what it takes to enjoy full time cruising.
If you've got that right, and everything else to a level of basic competence rather than shooting for genius... Hey, we could all be out there a lot sooner
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Old 25-06-2011, 17:50   #19
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...and spelling isn't one of them

Mark, from what we see, your big ability is attitude and personality. Probably huge factors that seldom get mentioned in discussions about what it takes to enjoy full time cruising.
If you've got that right, and everything else to a level of basic competence rather than shooting for genius... Hey, we could all be out there a lot sooner
Now, if he's just get rid of the Bene and get a real blue water boat.
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Old 25-06-2011, 17:56   #20
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Now, if he's just get rid of the Bene and get a real blue water boat.
Rofl...ok, basic competence except when choosing a boat. And even so the attitude got him round the planet..
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Old 25-06-2011, 18:02   #22
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Re: What would you have done differently

Wish I had started earlier and wished I kept my 34 foot sloop instead of building the 47 footer

I did one thing right tho I kept it simple something you should always do
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Old 25-06-2011, 18:31   #23
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Re: What would you have done differently

wow... some great answers here. some of mine....

- I wish I (We) had downsized our house before starting cruising. . We cruise 7 months out of the year and now have too large of a house. Its paid for but still a PITA. Basicly a storage unit with 4 bedrooms.

- When re wiring the boat I should have put in larger conduits for the wire runs. You always add more devices later.

- I should have installed a keel cooler for the reefer box. Will do this soon.

- I have the electrical and mechanical skilld down. I should have spent more time doing canvas work. Even working somewhere for little or nothing to get the skills.

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...... Keep it SIMPLE. Any electronics are for fun, not necessity. Go NOW. You will learn on the way. Be observant and (silently) critical on other people's boats. Try not to have ANYTHING on your boat that you cannot fix yourself,- in mid ocean, you're the only repairperson. If you're going cruising, the fun is sailing and travelling, not repairing and trying to have spares shipped to exotic destinations. For me; no inflatables, they're all rubbish, and no windgenerators,- too noisy, use solar. Navigate celestially,- you'll get a far greater sense of achievement from your landfalls. Use the engine as little as possible, it will improve your sailing skills so that one day when you HAVE to sail out of a situation you are competant to do so. Read OLD books of cruisers,- they will illustrate just how simple a boat can be. GO. And have fun.!
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Re: What would you have done differently

I bought a lot of stuff that we really didn't need.
Plus the cruising areas you are in, change, so you have to adjust.

I love the shallow water draft (18inches).
the ability to beach.
diy watermaker.
Solar panels,because they are, fit and forget.
Honda generator( i threw the Kipor overboard).
Having been told " there is no rough weather if you don't have a schedule"
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Keep it simple
Get a smaller boat than you think you need
Do it now, not later.
Smile, your doing what many would love to do.
I read that 99% of the world dreams of buying a sailboat and sailing over the horizon.

Only 1% buy a boat.

Of that 1%, only 1% actually SAIL over the horizon.

We did, and I'm glad I did it.
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Old 26-06-2011, 18:59   #27
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By the way... know of any more Hans Christian 48s going cheap?
We love the HCs, but the 48 is the only one I'd consider as a full time liveaboard because it's the only one with a decent owners cabin.

I'm afraid I don't know of any going cheap, or even going at all. Only 30 built, 31 is being built as we type. A new one is not too bad... if you have that sort of moolah.
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I read that 99% of the world dreams of buying a sailboat and sailing over the horizon.

Only 1% buy a boat.

Of that 1%, only 1% actually SAIL over the horizon.

We did, and I'm glad I did it.
I'm not sure if I should be happy that I made the 1% that bought a boat or scared I only have a 1% chance of sailing over the horizon.
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Old 30-06-2011, 15:24   #29
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Re: What would you have done differently

Great thread!

I'm reading intently!
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Re: What would you have done differently

Well, I have joined the first 1%, getting ready to join the 1% of the 1%. Trying to keep it as basic as the other half will allow..........
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