Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-10-2014, 14:09   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 4

Just registered and at 58 years old I'm hoping to get help with my next bucket list item - procuring, provisioning and sailing away on a live aboard. I have always wanted to do this. I have my freshly renewed 100 ton license and at almost 60 years old I'm about ready to pack it in from New England and cast off for warmer weather down south. Not that sailing is my only choice - should I find the right twin diesel express sport fish cruiser at the right price that would work as well. But given the cost and maintenance of a twin engine rig, and the fact that I'm on a shoestring budget, sailing is calling me again.
36-65 foot seems to be the ballpark.

fishingmaniac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 14:37   #2
Moderator Emeritus
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 32,221
Images: 240
Re: Ahoy!

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, 'maniac.

Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"

GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2014, 14:26   #3
Senior Cruiser
Steadman Uhlich's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Crewing All of 2018 Available Globally
Boat: OPB = Available as Crew in 2018
Posts: 5,578
Re: Ahoy!

Ahoy, Howdy, and welcome aboard! 

Sounds like a nice plan to me. I have always enjoyed fishing and it is something I hope to do often when I get a boat in the future.

I came across a "for sale" 65 foot Hatteras Sport Fisher and it made me think how much fun it would be. Though that will not be my future boat, I can see the appeal.

Enjoy your time on the water, or even armchair sailing too. 
Ahoy All Sailors! Need experienced crew for a passage or delivery in Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, Med, PNW, ICW, coastal or across an ocean anytime in 2018? I am available on 24hr notice. See my CF Profile "About Me" page for details. Happy to lend a hand!
Steadman Uhlich is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2014, 14:32   #4
Registered User
oldragbaggers's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Wherever the boat is
Boat: Cape Dory 33
Posts: 1,021
Re: Ahoy!

Welcome aboard. We're right there with ya!!

36-65 is quite a spread. Your budget must be right flexible which will give you lots of choices. If you're going with a power boat that would leave the Great Loop out there as an option. That is on our bucket list too, but that's "Phase II" of the cruising adventure.

Hope you find the perfect boat for you. See you "out there."
Cruising the waterways and traveling the highways looking for fun and adventure wherever it might be found.
oldragbaggers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2014, 10:18   #5
Senior Cruiser
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Re: Ahoy!

Aloha and welcome aboard!
I'd go more for the 36 end of your spread.
kind regards,
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2014, 13:43   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 170
Re: Ahoy!

Welcome & good luck on your search.
Old Snipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2014, 14:18   #7
Registered User
SV.Maverick's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Seabrook, TX
Boat: Gulfstar 50
Posts: 292
Re: Ahoy!

Welcome, this one is easy,,,if you are on a shoe string budget power anything is out of your budget.
SV.Maverick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2014, 17:01   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 4
Re: Ahoy!

I've been operating a 28' center console charter fishing boat with twin 250 outboards. $20K each motor. And they are better when purchased in pairs. Plus all the other "stuff". Of course all the other stuff requires updating and service also such as 4 man life raft, bottom paint, buffing and electronics. I need a place to sleep, cook, eat, wash up, a little heat and air conditioning is always nice. The power boats with all that that I like, such as a 2005 (I think) 34' pursuit with twin Cummins and genset are just a little out of my range at around 100K plus maintenance. It had plenty of room down below with all the a fore mentioned amenities, twin flat screen TV's and room to move even with 3-4 people below deck. Same type boat with outboards won't have the beam for room below.
Sailboat wise, I'm thinking 36 is more of a minimum, with my friends 36 Island Packet still lacking a few amenities, no genset, AC, propane only heat, smaller water fuel and holding tanks than might be practical. I think one of those $5-6K water makers would be a plus also when traveling South beyond Fla. And I cannot really afford it. MY friends Island Packet is about 5 years old and would still be worth about $150K. :-(
But I know there are deals out there, as long as I don't get one that needs more maintenance than I can afford too. It's probably not happening this year, maybe next year or further down the road, so I figure time to start looking, learning and investigating now. I had thought the Benniteau 60 was perfect. But not the quality of the Island Packet and probably close to a million dollars, plus upkeep. LOL not happening unless I hit the lottery - and even then I'd probably have to hit it twice!
BTW I would only want a minimal amount of wood. Been there and don't that! And synthetic wood works for me!

fishingmaniac is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ahoy!! webskipper Meets & Greets 6 20-01-2007 09:57
Ahoy! leeway Meets & Greets 4 02-01-2006 09:10
Ahoy Everyone DaveP Meets & Greets 1 06-04-2005 12:28
Ahoy! kokopelli Meets & Greets 5 26-04-2003 17:14
Ahoy! Stede Meets & Greets 0 20-03-2003 02:24

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:50.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.