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View Poll Results: Wife left. Sold house. Buying boat. Sailing around world. Good idea or Bad idea?
Yes, go for it! 171 89.06%
No, you're crazy! 3 1.56%
Yes, and I want to come with you! 16 8.33%
No, but I have a great friend, sister, daughter for you to meet. 2 1.04%
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:55   #61
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35 years is too long ...

... to leave a dream unfufilled. Just make sure the boat you buy won't limit your dream, which is to say, be sure you can handle it by yourself. Be sure it feels like home to you, below the decks. If you are going to spend time at marinas be sure you can handle docking it by yourself. A fifty footer might make that challenging. On the other hand, if you plan on being anchored instead, be sure the systems will provide for a life you deem comfortable.
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Old 02-06-2010, 16:49   #62
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More maintenance than...

I suspect that a big older boat, any big older boat, is going to have more maintenance than one person can do.
If paying, going rates for skilled work look to be past the $100 per hour mark.

The only 'happy" single hander I ever saw was a Frenchman sailing a Beneteau 350 (it was a few years ago). He sailed that boat into the Shute Harbour wharf (not the easiest place in the world to dock), did what a man had to do, had the time for a quick chat (which is how I know he was "happy") and than sailed off into the Whitsundays.

So I'd suggest something that size. A quick look at the Moorings Brokerage page shows a 2003 Jeanneau 35 for $75k in Canouan. Nice place to start a cruise?
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Old 02-06-2010, 22:37   #63
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What year was the boat built? Is it the latest series, or a bit older, or ancient?





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The new one - 2008 - Owner has now sold it
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:32   #64
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I'm getting ready to go, and I am taking a crew of 3 or 4. A valiant 40 is perfect for that. If I was going off on my own- a number of 30 footers are solid as a rock and would be alot easier to take care of.
Heck- I have a Compac 23 that sails like a big boat in protected waters. You can get one of those on Craigslist for 6k and sail around the coast for a year. I love soloing and gunkholing on mine. That will definitely change your perspective. I would if I were in your shoes. More is not always better, sometimes its just more.
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Well I can't say I'm surprised about the poll results, given the people you're asking! Good luck!
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Old 05-06-2010, 16:31   #66
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.....I did the overnight diet where I got rid of 120 ibs of useless fat 3 years ago, and have still not got the finances agreed, but one thing is certain, I will not be ending up with the house!
All in all, this sounds like a fair trade to me..
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Weighing in here tenderly.....

GO FOR IT!!!! What'ya wating for???

If it's someone to kick you in the @$$ and punt you out to sea... well you have come to the right place! There are many here that will and have already pointed you in that direction.!!!

Ok, I may be damaged goods... Never married, so can't speak to that.. but I know that change in my life has always been for the better, when I made the decision to make the change... When others made it for me... I can't say the same. So it's truely up to you and your needs/wants/desires. However, you need to make the choice your self or you will not be living .... rather you will be reacting.

I'd say that your situation is a perfect time to make a life choice change.

Go for it, don't look back, find your "Destiny" in life and finaly find Love where you find it... it will find you even if you aren't looking.

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Old 08-06-2010, 12:41   #68
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You're nuts.

Survey the boat, buy the boat, live on the boat, sail the hell out of the boat, etc, etc, yada yada yada...

At the end of the day though, you can't run away from your problems.

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Pitty we can't get a qualified surveyor to give a once over to the girl before we get married
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youre tfn--totally nuts. but that is a good thing at least you arent trying to kill yerself and whining the gun didnt fire .... sailing is a lifestyle--i say--find out your limits--men like doing that--start the trip with that bendytoy--you will always be able sell her and find the boat you like more than her..lol.
actually,. 50 ft ois about right size. but i like the force 50 or the formosa 50 or vagabond 47 better than a bendytoy as far as classic beauty goes and distance cruised without pain. you sound like a reasonably young man. you can handle pain. pain teaches you what you donot like about the boat. but the premise is awesome--do go --take whatever boat ye wanna sail--if is a bendytoy--so what---when you make your mined up that isnt the right long passage boat, will be on your own time and from your own point of view, not someone elses..LOL......very important with men, i have found lol.....
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Pitty we can't get a qualified surveyor to give a once over to the girl before we get married
Well there are some things you can check...for instance:

Do you need a crain to check her underside?
Does she develope leaks under mild stress?
Will the total cost of ownership leave you in a gutter insulating your jacket with old newspaper?
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Well there are some things you can check...for instance:

Do you need a crain to check her underside?
Does she develope leaks under mild stress?
Will the total cost of ownership leave you in a gutter insulating your jacket with old newspaper?
Should I stay with a Mono or get a Multi???


OK enought of this sexist talk!


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Should I stay with a Mono or get a Multi???


OK enought of this sexist talk!


What more Tippy Boats or just one Multi ?- A 38ft Cat - Galley Up - 1 loo - 2 birds :-

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Well there are some things you can check...for instance:

Do you need a crain to check her underside?
Does she develope leaks under mild stress?
Will the total cost of ownership leave you in a gutter insulating your jacket with old newspaper?
Ok, I'm going to be a bit mean here.....

The above questions work on the wife as well.

I know, I know...but I couldn't help myself!
Ok Bash away.........
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Ok, I'm going to be a bit mean here.....

The above questions work on the wife as well.

I know, I know...but I couldn't help myself!
Ok Bash away.........
Thats funny
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