Hi there. My best advice is to get out there and find the right boat right away. Also if you can't find the right boat ahead of your launch date, then push back your launch date.
Regarding my own experience, a custom steel ketch
was purchased 3 months ago. The plan was to get the boat into the water
in two and a half months, to refit
, a total bottom job, topsides paint
, etc. A total refit
. Even getting just the basics done, the bottom job and rebuild
, took that period of time. Basically, now the boat is on the water
, and I've not had a minute to actually plan the cruise
itself. Thus, when estimating time, as one estimates sailboats and money, double or triple your estimate.