Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
Aloha Steve and Scupper,
Welcome aboard!! Good to have you here and I really like your plan except the part about leaving Scupper behind. How about keeping the house and using the Catalina to cruise down the coast until you find that really wonderful off shore blue water
cruiser and then trade up?
Oh well! Lots of options when you are dealing with secret plans. Hope your family doesn't snoop on your computer.
You know my Catalina came up from California
a couple of years ago. I bought it last year and put about $15K into it. It's a beautiful boat. But to take it down to California
, I need to put another $18,437 into it (not that I've really thought it through with any degree of precision). For whatever reason it's worth about $20k more here than in California. So unless I take it all the way, I don't think South is the right direction. And it's not the right boat to go all the way.
So there are a couple of major decisions to make. 1) of course there is the whole give up our shore based life sell all our belongings and go crusing decision. In my mind that's a fairly easy decision, but Tracey may want to consider this for a bit. Assuming a positive outcome, there are a number of other choices.
a) buy boat in NW and refit
for a year or two - this is an expensive option boats here are big bucks compared to California, Florida
or Mexico and selection is limited. The first passage
is not necessarily a great family introduction
b) buy a boat in BVI or Mexico or someplace and alternate refit
work with afternoon snorkel trips. (I don't actually believe in the big bang make everything perfect and then you are ready to go sailing. I believe in make everything seaworthy
and perfection is something to be pursued forever.) I like working on boats. Drawback of this approach is how do you get all your gear
to the destination
, what is availability of parts
in Tortola or PV? I have no idea. This is my preferred approach.
c) if b) above has too many drawbacks, then buying
a boat in California and refitting there and doing the Baja
Haha or Florida
followed by the Bahamas
would be a great way to go.
Then of course there is the boat choice. The list of eligible bluewater boats is growing. We would be looking for something around 40ft. There are many choices that I could be happy with. I see some in the 80k range that might be lovely older boats that need a lot of work and some around the 130K mark that look modern and reasonably complete. With a total budget
around 150K we ought to have something very seaworthy
and comfortable, but not luxurious. I prefer to do all my own work - engine
, electrics, cabinetry, canvas
, whatever - so I'm hoping its all reasonable.
There was a small hickup ten years ago. I took Tracey to see Perfect Storm and she said she would never go offshore
with me. I think she's past that now, but if not, we might want to just kick around the Caribbean or Mexico and not do long passages in which case a young Beneteau
out of a charter
fleet might be a good choice over a Crealock
37 or something salty.
I'll just be happy sailing full time and will be happy to let the rest of the family help steer choices around where we go and what boat we go in.