Well, I know where she's coming from. It's one thing to bareboat
charter a reasonable boat to get a feel for things. Maybe spend 5-10K for a week or so to get familiar with the idea of liveaboard
cruising. Conversely, when your charter is a 70' power yacht with 7 passengers and crew, your looking at a pretty steep bill of $20K+ just to test the waters. It seems the biggest problem is what Deckofficer keeps trying to solve. The cost of both charter and ownership
goes exponential when you cannot pilot and maintain your own vessel. This creates the problematic situation that GG is in right now. It's hard to think that it is worth it to spend $50K in travel and charters just to prove a concept
, all while thinking to yourself that it is $50K less that you're able to spend on the purchase
price. Especially when you're looking at older boats in the $300-400K range.
I was headed on a similar track as GG until I read through the suggestions on this thread and took an honest look at the situation and realized that the idea of liveaboard
cruising isn't to buy the biggest boat I can afford and compromise my lifestyle as little as possible. The idea is a less cluttered and restricted lifestyle, being able to pilot the vessel myself, coming and going as I please.
The wife and I talked about traveling for a year if we didn't get a boat. Essentially living out of hotel
rooms and jumping around the globe. Then I realized that if we did that we wouldn't be renting
a home or a condo at every location. We would be in hotel
rooms around 300-600 square feet which would also require extensive decluttering and significant space compromises.
Once I got in this mindset and realized that the cruising lifestyle is a compromise of spacious comfort for travel freedom, things have been much less stressful, and the financial impacts of any mistake now seem much less daunting.