Hearty hello to all Sailors, everywhere around the world.
This might a bit of a long post for the sake of accuracy, so I apologize in advance for that.
Quick background story :
I am a 27 years old commercial
diver lucky enough to have landed a 4 years contract
about 6 months ago. Having saved 25k AuD$ during these first 6 months, and if I add my previous savings, I will be looking at anywhere between 200k and 250k AuD$ in 3 years and a half.
As a sea lover and a passionate diver/freediver, I am very hopeful that this would allow me to realize a childhood dream of mine :
Buy a sailing boat
, travel between the tropics and spend a couple years diving/freediving in as many amazing places as possible.
I have read numerous posts on several forums
asking for circumnavigation budget
without giving enough information about themselves, their lifestyle and their expectations so I will try to be as exhaustive as possible.
First, I have a lot of experience on motor
boats as I use them daily at work
but a rather limited sailing experience. The Upside is that I have 3.5 years to work
on that aspect. It is also very likely that I can have an experienced sailor friend of mine coming on board for the first few months to help with this.
About the boat
, my inexperienced idea would be a medium size catamaran
105MC (was following SlapDash when they did a circumnavigation
on it a few years back) as I value comfort a lot. I will most likely spend 90+% of the time at anchorage and will have "non-seaproof" people on board quite often as well.
I will most likely enjoy the sailing part as well, but the main focus of the trip will be exploration/diving/freediving and I am not looking to break any sailing speed record
If I had to rank my concerns by priority that would be :
2) Comfort, liveability
3) Easy to use, Maneuverability
4) Space, storage
5) Pure sailing performance, Speed
I don't want to generate yet another monohull
debate but any opinion about boats or boat types that would suit my budget/needs is more than appreciated. I am not dead set on a catamaran
, it's just that my reading so far seems to favor them a bit compared to monohulls for what I want to do with it, price
being the main problem.
I would also like a boat that has a nice resell value and is relatively easy to sell as I intend to sell it after the trip and put the money
into a deposit for a house.
From what I can see, Gemini
105MC are close to 110-140k AuD$ on Yachworld which might (or might not) fit my budget
but like I said, I am open minded to pretty much anything at this point.
About the trip, I would like to depart from Europe
, spend a summer getting used to the boat in Mediterranea, doing some coastal cruising and a bit of Island hopping, then spend a few months exploring it a bit more.
, go down to Cape Verde
, cross the Atlantic, Carribeans, Central America
, Cross the Pacific, Marquises, Tuamotus, French polynesia
, Cook Islands
, Fidji, Vanuatu
, New Caledonia
maybe a bit of SEA and then come back to Australia
. Duration can be anywhere between 18 and 36+ months depending on budget and most importantly, depending on enjoyment.
This is a perfect plan but I am more than open to changes depending on the boat location during purchase
and other factors.
About myself, I consider that I am on the frugal side of things as I barely ever go out and get most of my enjoyment from hiking/diving/freediving/exploring nature rather than cities/bars/restaurants.
I will probably go to a restaurant once a month and that's it.
I am also non drinker and non smoker.
Yet, I do consider a good diet to be important and do not intend to survive on bean cans.
Outside of boat purchase
, preparation, insuring and maintenance
, my living costs should be relatively low. I will probably spend a bit on diving
and fishing equipment
here and there but nothing crazy.
I do not intend to take trips home during these 1.5-3 years as my family
and friends would be coming on the boat regularly.
I am also pretty experienced in mechanics/maintenance as a part of my job and will most likely be able to do a lot of DIY
, including outboards repair and maintenance
provided I have the parts
or can order them.
So here comes a few questions :
1) Is 200-250k AuD$ (150-190k US$) a reasonable overall budget for the trip considering my living style and expectations ?
2) What boat do you think would suits my project
and budget the best ? Is the Gemini 105MC a decent choice or Am i way off the mark ?
3) Am I underestimating boat preparation costs, maintenance costs, mooring
costs, travel fees
4) Is it possible to insure your boat for this kind of trip ? If yes, what am I looking at, price
is clearly in the early stages and I hope this post will be taken seriously as I had this idea stuck in my head
for more than 20 years now and all my sea-related jobs keep pushing me towards it more and more.
I believe that you have to give yourself a deadline or you end up never going and these 3 years and a half left on my contract
fits pretty nicely both budget and time wise.
My main aim with this post is to give a clearer shape to the project and assess if it is realistic within this time frame and for this budget.
I am open minded to any suggestions, opinions and stories as I am mostly seeking for knowledge at this stage.
I thank in advance everybody brave enough to read this post to the end and I wish you blue waters and quiet sailings.