Originally Posted by jago25_98
I'm wondering how feasible it is to:
- fly somewhere warm,
- buy a cheap fiberglass skiff or rib,
- attach a new, quality motor,
- use this for >2 months,
- sleeping on the boat sometimes to save costs and in hostels in others
...and then sell both the boat and motor to a chandler at a (big?) loss at the end.
It sounds wasteful to do this every month. But if moving like this every 3 months perhaps it's not much cheaper than liveaboard
costs. The difference is that after selling you have the freedom to try something else.
I did own a campervan a few years ago but I basically found it wasn't as free as I really wanted.
I got this idea chatting to a boat owner in Java. $1500 for the wooden boat (new). $500x2 for noisy outboards. I wonder how this compares to modern stuff.
I don't like motorboating and prefer sailing but could this be the least stress free way to bond with the ocean?
I'm prepared to lose some hippy feel good if this is workable. I love to freedive, surf and fish
. While I get to feed this thirsts land dwelling and travelling, it's not enough.
What are going to be the problems
with moving frequently like this? What do you envision as being the hassle of this plan? - getting orientated with mooring
, selling a nearly new engine
, easier to dispose of the hull
rather than wait to sell? Paperwork (examples?)? Temptation to bring equipment
with you, such as a handheld radio
. Limitations of a small boat
new makes it a lot easier but does that push the price
up too much. Anything else you can think of?
And also where? Small bays and estuaries is interesting for this size boat. Where are some places that don't quite suit this and some places which might. Places I'm familiar with to help me orientate what you are talking about and a scenario of use compared to charter
: Hong Kong, Poole/Solent, Canary Islands, Buenos Aires
Do you have some phrases that I can search for?
Finally, I just managed to get a hirecar for a month in the canaries for $7/day as it's low season. If only the same thing was available for boats...
I can think of a number of problems with this approach.
But, I don't want you to think I am a naysayer. I think "open minded" discussions are the best and a forum like this should welcome them.
A few things to consider:
1. I think the LOCATION where this will be used will be of most importance.
You said "warm." There is a big difference between "warm" and "hot" and "sweltering heat" and "oppressive heat and humidity." Time of year may or may not make a difference, if you are near the equator.
2. Everyone has different tolerances for comfort.
I have traveled and slept in a hostel, backpacked in wilderness areas for weeks, slept on hard ground and floors, slept in rain forests, and generally "roughed" it in a variety of places from Alaska
to Central America
and to Caribbean
Islands. So I know I can do it (have done it). But, would I choose
to do it now (I am now 54)? Probably not, if I had a better option.
But travel is a great thing to experience, even if some of the experiences can be uncomfortable, and is often easier on the body when one is young.
3. The typical RIB does not have much open floor space.
I like to sleep stretched out. I am 6 feet tall. I don't think a typical RIB will be a comfortable place to lie down to sleep, especially if it is full of camping gear
and supplies. One night of being curled up on the RIB would be too much for me. So, that leads us to sleeping on the beach, assuming you drag your RIB up onto a beach and can do that by yourself and launch it by yourself.
4. Sand fleas, No-See-Ums, and biting flies (habitants of beaches and marshes) can be vicious and drive a person crazy!!
I would MUCH prefer to be on a boat anchored offshore
, in a breeze.
I read a website somewhere a few years ago. It showed how the native islanders (those who live there, not tourists) on a remote
tropical atoll, had their sleeping hut out on the water
on stilts. Reason? The sand fleas/flies (noseeums) were terrible and drove them off the beach at night.
There can be a HUGE difference in comfort that can be felt when two locations may be only a few meters apart. Fifty meters off shore will be different from on the beach or just inside the trees near a beach or near a marsh. Big difference!
Some of the most challenging times I remember near saltwater are when the mosquitoes from a salt
marsh attacked. Another was when mosquitos attacked when I was in Alaska
. Vicious bloodsuckers!
But, as bad as big mosquitos can be, they are only second to the No-See-Ums when it comes to their unstoppable ferocity and the aggravation they cause a human.
5. Being on an open boat exposes you to ALL the weather conditions, including rain and sun.
In the tropics, without any shade (on the skiff) you will roast/burn. In the tropics you may experience daily rain showers and all of your exposed gear
will be soaked. "Shelter" of some kind is important for comfort, health
, and long term survivability.
6. In many cruising locations, an open boat is a needed tool for the locals and an untended one loaded with personal gear will be a temptation to thieves.
IF your skiff is loaded with valuable gear and brought to shore, it and everything in it and attached to it is going to be a target for theft whenever you leave the skiff to do anything ashore. While the skiff may be there when you return, your motor, or all of your gear may be gone.
My Suggestion: Offer to crew for cruisers or other sailors where you want to sail or visit. Save your money for beer, gifts for the locals (or skipper), and enjoy the travel in good cheer!
Good luck on your adventure travels and if you do decide to "Skiff It" around the world, make sure you come back here and post something about your experiences.