My best advice.....DON'T BUY A BOAT till you have done some sailing! Over the years I have run into numerous cases where the best laid plans (the dream) fell apart when reality set in. You MUST get out there and see if you really like it. There are numerous ways of doing this, but the main thing is to get out on the ocean in all sorts of weather
and really experience what it is like. The other thing to be mindful of is.....don't over capitalize on the boat.....you probably will never get it back.
The following is a true story! Wealthy American bought a 73 foot ex charter
boat for $400,00 and gave it to a yard for a refit
. Cost 1.8 million dollars. Off they went "round the world" with a professional crew and managed to get as far as Trinidad by which time they decided that sailing was not for them. So they sent the boat back to the States where it languished unsold for three years. They employed me to get it up and running so they could get rid of it. It sold for $350,000 to a French couple!
More recently I ran into another couple who had invested heavily in a 53 foot sail boat, (electronics like an aircraft carrier, new masts, new sails
, ss anchor
..you get the picture) and off they went and got no further than the Bahamas
where they got badly beaten up off the east end of the Berry Islands. End of adventure! The boat sold for a fraction of what they had put into it.
This year a friend emailed me to see if I would be interested in delivering their 40 foot sail boat back from the Caribbean
which they had bought just a few months before in Texas
. This was a modern plastic fantastic with many bells and whistles. When I asked why they wanted to get rid of the boat so soon the reply was...."My husband has banged his head
so many times inside the boat, he is just sick of it!" So......living on a small boat with only so much internal space and headroom
is not for everyone. However you have six years to go.....plenty of time to join other boats and find out what you like....or can't stand. Just get out there on the ocean and see if it is for you.