Hey there. This is bad advice, but go for it. Don't let anything stop you. You'll be fine. Planning and research
is the key.
However, on the flip side; A 10 thousand dollar boat will really need another 10 thousand to improve it first year. A prudent sailor will have another 10-20k as backup savings. Expect to blow 5k a year on maintenance
, tools, charts
, improvements etc. Keep in mind that a 10,000 dollar boat isn't really a cruiser. You'll need quite a few modifications for a weekend/day sailor to get to be a comfortable live aboard cruiser.
Anywho, I'm lucky. Single
and having been in a combat zone, the savings piled up. Most aren't so fortunate. You plan is feasible. Plan on eating more than just nuts and berries and purchasing
a light bulb now and then. Berthing will cost you anywhere from 45 to 100 dollars a foot per season (winter and summer are separate bills). That's $1,350 for your 30 footer twice a year priced on the low end. Cruising will get you out from that bill, but first season out you'll need a yard to fit the boat. Don't forget insurance
on the boat, plus the survey
Converting your single
most productive asset, namely your truck, into a depreciating hole in the water
is incredibly unwise and not so smart. But you have to do it. Live the dream. Get back into a used truck on borrowed money
later on, if sailing doesn't work out.