boat looks great, but I think I want to go with something a little bit bigger. I should have mentioned a few other things in my original post.
1. I have a lot of experience with carpentry, electrical
, painting, diving
etc. so I plan on doing most of the work myself. Therefore, I don't think the price
difference will be that much more significant for a larger boat. Marina fees
etc. are a different matter, but I am willing to spend a bit more for the added comfort and security
a larger boat provides.
2. I am sure there are hundreds of similar people who have grand ideas of buying a boat and sailing around the world. Unfortunately, for myriad reasons, many of these well-intentioned people fall short of actually doing it. I recognize that since I don't have a lot of long-distance sailing experience, I may discover that after a few months, for any number of reasons (including lonliness), I don't really want to complete a circumnavigation
. Therefore, my plan is to live on the boat, learn to sail it proficiently in coastal waters and on short. week-long trips, and then sail south through the Caribbean
, and check out the Gallapagos Islands. I figure that will be a good decision point. I will re-evaluate things, and either keep going west via the Pacific, or head
north towards the Bay Area in California
(where my family
lives). One of the reasons a larger boat appeals to me is because if I decide not to complete the circumnavigation
, I will probably live on the boat in a marina for at least a year or two until I figure out the next chapter of my life. Also, this re-evaluation will give me the opportunity to decide how things have worked out with the dogs
. I would very much like to take them with me the whole way, but if I feel the difficulties and/or their safety
are issues, I can leave them with family
. I have read a lot about bringing pets
cruising, and there is no strong consensus one way or the other. I figure I won't know until I try. The cockpit
layout on the 50 provides ample of room for a piece of Astroturf, and between dragging it behind the boat and a freshwater washdown pump that I plan on installing, keeping things clean shouldn't be too bad. Furthermore, there is enough space in the salon
that if for some reason I had to go ashore in a country where they were forbidden, I could leave them on the boat for the day and just clean up the mess if necessary.
3. As for lonliness, that is probably my biggest single
concern with my trip. What are some of your experiences with dealing with this. I hope to have various people accompany me for most of the long passages, but I want to be able to singlehand when needed or desired. I am pretty laid back and easy to get along with, so I figure I can always resort to "crew needed" postings. I have found that sailors are among the best groups of folks I have met, and I am actually looking forward to building new friendships. As many of you may be able to relate to, with a divorce you don't just lose your spouse, but many of your previous "friends". I am looking forward to replenishing my friend pool. I know that traditionally cruising cannot be counted on as a way to find romance, but hey, I can still hope right? Maybe I will be lucky and meet a like-minded woman who wants to share and adventure with me. In that case the extra space will be useful.
4. The Beneteau
is the 2 cabin
owner's version. I love all of the storage
space, and I am sure I will use most of it. I forgot to mention this, but I have been SCUBA diving
since I was 13, and even worked as a PADI instructor in college, and later as a rescue
diver/paramedic through a fire department. I plan on getting a MAX AIR compressor
and exploring the underwater world along the voyage, so for me, storage
is key. I plan on making several modifications that will increase the sleeping areas (adjustable legs on salon
table, convert the couch to a sea bearth, and build a frame and cushions
for the huge forward sail locker). This will provide sleeping for at least 8, and there is enough room in the salon for an aero bed
which would increase it to 10 (when at anchor
, not while underway). Realistically, how often will I have that many people on board. I think I would rather have storage and space than extra cabins. Do you think this is a wise decision?
5. As for upgrades, I plan on installing the following in order or importance:
maker (Katadyn 40 or 80). Thoughts? I know Spectra is good too, but since I already have a Katadyn emergency
desalinator that uses the same membranes...
Freshwater washdown pump (wash dogs
, rinse dive gear
auto pilot (windvane etc.) Is this really necessary with today's autopilots?
tv (will help with lonliness)
(if I can find a good used one for cheap). Don't want to get too cluttered
There is already a 8kw generator
Any other suggestions?
I really appreciate everyone taking the time to comment. You folks are the experts, and I value your knowledge. One day, I hope to be able to add my own wisdom to this forum. For now I will say this; I just came from helping my next door neighbor/ friend use the toilet. He is 41 years old and he has maybe a week to live (brain cancer). I have discussed my plans with him, and he reminded me that, "On their deathbed, no one ever wishes they had worked more. They regret not living life to the fullest when they had the chance". After a few close calls with death myself, I am even more inclined to take the risks and just go for it. If nothing else, I figure I can sell the boat in a year and hopefully not lose too much money
. I will have had a place to live, learned a lot, and met some great people. Right??? Right???