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Old 25-12-2008, 05:10   #16
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Think Mono, shallow draft

Welcome aboard and enjoy the many different ideas you'l find here. You might want to check out mono hulls in the 30' range. I like something that draws less than 4 feet with a diesel. You can get an older one and if you do the research and get a good survey you can end up w one fairly cheap thats built like a tank. [Center cockpit S-2s and Morgans are roomy, there are many more]
My wife and I love Belize. Its considerably cheaper living. The water is turquoise, its warm and the people friendly. I'm stuck in the North East at the moment but usually spend some of the winter there. There are hundreds of islands and lagoons to visit. The jungle is wonderful and the barrier reef keeps the ocean relatively safe. Hurricanes are a real concern though!

A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, he said, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we only be drowned now and again.

J.M.Synge, in The Aran Islands
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Old 29-12-2008, 21:37   #17
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Hi KanadianKain,
I read your post and I am also here seeking similiar answers. A friend of mine told me he and his buddy is going to buy property in Panama and that it is very safe there. The bay islands, Roatan, Honduras, is very nice especially the reef system. I am a diver and tend to gravitate towards a more affordable vacation. It's much like Belize used to be twenty or so years ago. That's why it's reasonable there. But great place!!! I am in search of some islands I may head to next year. So I wish you all the best on your search and may you find that home on the boat of your dreams.

Happy New Year!
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Old 30-12-2008, 01:43   #18
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I think your budget sounds a bit on the shy side...but these are unusual times.

I think stillraining had a good suggestion...if you buy in the place you want to hang out you may be way ahead.

If its sailing you want to do, I think you'll get a bigger bang for your buck with a mono.

If you a back packer you could be very happy around 26ft with an out board.

I say go for're way young enough to make lots of mistakes (not that you will)
Like my sky diving buddy used to say instead of good-by "drive fast and take chances"
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Old 30-12-2008, 02:16   #19
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Hi Jared ……This ones a no brainer!

You already said you liked working on boats (even the beer and nuts one in the Whitsundays) and have had 5 months experience.

You acknowledge you have a lot to learn.

Get yourself listed with Crew Agencies then head down to the Caribbean this winter or the Med next summer and get a good paying job on a professional boat while you wait for a great purchase opportunity to come up…(there will be many).

With your positive attitude you will do well.

Keep saving those freedom chips while you discover a whole new life and learn to choose wisely! Best of luck!
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Old 01-01-2009, 13:59   #20
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If you haven't read Don Casey's "Sensible Cruising; the Thoreau Approach", that's a great place to start! It's all about cruising, yes, and about simplicity - his motto, along with many others, is "go small, go simple, but go now".

My husband and I cruised for 3 years in the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean on a 28' boat that we maintained all on our own. We ate well, drank enough, and entertained frequently. Our costs for all 3 years, average, including boat insurance, all provisions, any new boat parts (including a new dinghy and 15 hp motor), and 3 trips home, averaged 750 a month.

We are about to head off again, this time with 2 kids (but no dog) on the same 28' boat. We are budgeting 1500-2000 a month, but will do all we can to keep it closer to what we spent last time.

Good luck - hope we see you out there!

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