I thought I would introduce myself as I am new to the forums
here. My name is Paul, and I have recently started to seriously consider buying
my own boat and spending a couple of years cruising. For the time being I do not have very much saved up, just about 6k, but that could change rather quickly when I start seriously saving.
I have never owned my own boat, but do have some experience sailing with friends in local lakes and along the coast. I realize that I have a lot to learn before setting out on any kind of serious trip.
I am thinking a 36 footer is about the size that I am looking for. I would like to go ahead and move to the coast, get a loan for a boat, and spend the next couple of years working to pay it off and learning
to sail it properly in my off time.
Anyone have any suggestions on well built boats in that size range, how much I should expect to spend on a boat in good shape, how much I should expect to spend on the initial out fitting, and per month operating costs (I have heard about 1000 a month min.) Any suggestions on destinations (leaving from the south Georgia
coast), and the amount of experience needed for the trip would be great as well. I would also appreciate it if someone could point me to a good resource for information on what to bring along, navigation
(being a pilot I think a have a small leg up here), and other critical skills.
I have already learned a lot from browsing through these forums
. Hopefully someday soon I can add my own experiences.