I'm going to introduce myself first to this amazing community.
I'm a 27yo guy from São Paulo/Brazil who has quite a lot of experience as a backpacker.
I traveled all around Europe
(Western)/Americas(US - Florida
and East Coast
- Toronto, Mexico
, Bolivia, Argentina
and Chile). I've been to Egypt
as well. And a lot of 4x4w hard terrain drive and rallying all around Brazil
I like to do trekking, diving
, camping, so I have quite the adventurous spirit.
Recently I've been to Abrolhos-BA which is a archipelago 45 miles off the coast. A place to see whales and do a bit of diving
. The place was amazing, but what most caught my attention and made me think a lot about my life as a whole, was the fact that we sailed all the way from the dock
to a marine
reserve, where there is no hotels so we slept on a 32 feet sailboat over 3 nights of pure joy.
That was last year, but that life-changing experience made me realize i want to dedicate my life to became a sailor.
Most non-brazilians probrably don't know Amyr Klink, he has been quite the influence on me since I was a little boy. His adventures include going from Brazil
on a Rowboat called "lampada" and the circumnavigation
around the Antarctic, back in the 80's when all of it was potentially life-threatening.
So, I'm financially comfortable (not enough to just trow money
away), I have a fixed income
from investments in real-state. And i have a savings account, so together with the money
I can get from selling my car, I can buy a blue water
ocean cruiser to enjoy with my friends and family
the boat in Brazil is not a possibility, with an average of 40%VAT over imported products and the cost of shipping
it from Europe
or North America, it would make it financially impossible.
The good news is I have Portuguese citizenship, that means I can buy the boat in Europe/North America, register under Portuguese flag, using my relatives address, and bring it to Brazil.
I already looked up a sailing school
that will teach both basic/advanced skills, Navigation
sailing and then I plan on training around the Mediterranean/Black Sea for 6 months before venturing into open ocean.
I'll start the the course ASAP with ultra-sailing in Croatia
, so my departure is due to middle of the spring season.
So now is when I start asking for help.
First and foremost: My budget
starts at US$ 250.000,00 and can't go over much
Equipment-specific related to the boat I should start looking for:
1. <42ft. or <50ft. keeping in mind possible severe weather
conditions and long therm storage
2. Rig Configuration, what kind of gear
I should look for? Winches: Electronic? User-friendly?
Power and fuel consumption
(assuming its a diesel) => Independent Power Generator
? Possible upgrade to solar
panel and/or wind
4. Central Air Conditioner? (I do want the comfort, and some places around this tropical country is a living hell.)
5. Safety equipment
6. Easy docking
7. Nav. Standard equipment
? Radar/VHF/Auto-pilot and so on...
8. Bow thruster?
9. Holding tanks/fuel capacity?
11. Special anti-fouling
painting for endurance possibly over a year w/o maintenance
Whatever else I might be forgetting...
Other aspects to consider:
I don't intend to spend nothing more with decoration/repairs/refurbishment.
I have time to come up with a list of good deals, since the ship is due to be bought in September.
I would also prefer the "owner layouts" prioritizing space and comfort over sheer passenger capacity.
Perfect for me:
1 Master en-suite cabin
and 1 room with bunker beds, 1 washroom. 1 tiny office. Lots of space for the kitchen/saloon.
Keep in mind a lot of possible bad weather
conditions and overall haul/equipment stress on the ship until I reach the maintenance dock
What's your take on this situation? I never faced this before nor met someone willing to do it. But it should work as long as I don't skip upgrading any essential long-range/safety equipment
That'd be all for now.
I appreciate any extra information you can provide,
Yours sincerely, and thank y'all,