know this is a question that gets asked allot but each times a bit different, so heres my version.
ive decided to follow through with my dream of buying
a yacht and im in the process now of learning
as much as i can and having a look at whats out there.
i am a 30 yr old commercial
diver and i work
roughly month on and month off at the moment. the good thing about my job is that it is fairly flexible and i manage to make a decent enough living through it. i have recently moved over to the east coast
, northern NSW, as there is more sailing, yachts, and marinas
on this side, and was looking forward to a change of scene.
i have a budget
of 150k and would like this to cover all upgrades, marina fees
etc for at least six months. i am looking at something around the 40 foot mark, as it offers a bit of room while still being manageable single
handed if need be. i have given myself 6-12 months to find what im looking for as its not something i want to rush into, but should i find the right boat
i have the savings to cover it. i am looking for something that i can live aboard
and from there get to know the boat
and get it set up the way i would like, doing small trips in my time off and working my way up to longer passages. in the end i would like to have something capable of doing some longer cruising, and the pacific is the area i would be looking to check out the most. so would be looking to have adequate water
capacity as well as solar
and wind power
, basically would like to be fairly self sufficient. as well as a good mix of comfort and functionality (though i know this is totally subjective)
i have quite a bit of experience on boats, more motor
than sail, i am a commercial skipper
(master 5) and also have my MED
2 engineers ticket and i am working on gaining more experience by trying to do as much sailing as possible on my time off.
i have looked into some of the yachts available over seas as well but looking at the some of the logistical issues and time frames involved with getting it over here have been leaning towards buying
here in oz, but this is not set in stone though.
well this is a rough idea of what i am after, and as i said its a start towards looking into fulfilling my dream. i know that finding the right boat is only the start and not the destination
and i am looking forward to the journey. if there is any input, advise or ideas it would be great to hear.
thanks and safe travels, josh