Hi! I'm Chris from NC, currently deployed.
For the past 5-years my wife and I have been spending more and more time searching the web, looking at sailboat and reading everything/anything we can get out hands on about sailing and the cruising lifestyle. Just before I left the states, my wife gave me 'The Voyager's Handbook' to read. I can't get enough...
I have two more years until retirement
Here is the plan; Spring of 15, I plan to take the ASA
103 course with my son in Charleston and within the next two years work through 104 - 107 myself (my son is working to become an instructor scuba
diver with dreams of the Navy
after this adventure with us). Somewhere during this time my wife also plan to take the basic course too. Then accomplish some bareboat
, sell everything, buy a boat and head
to the Caribbean
full speed ahead. Spend a few seasons there (during Hurricane
up the coast to Maine/Canada) and then once we know what in the Hell we're doing, mastered some skills head to Bora Bora
. Who knows where else...Palau?!
*One thing about this plan, it has focused both my wife and I in the same direction for our future.
So anyway, we want a used 47-60-foot sailboat (Me, wife and two sons who will then be 17 & 18). We've looked at a Macgregor
65, some 50' Morgan's, 50' Endeavor's, 54 Van de Stadt's.
I've save $150K to pay cash for a boat. Everything I like is right at 200K...here's the rub, my wife wants me to stay under 100K.
An I on target here? Will I be able to make this work with what I've saved?
Here's and example of what I'm interested in:
1987 Gulfstar CSY-50 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
I know you've heard this before (another wannabe) but your thoughts and advice would be grateful!