Alright, so my wife and I have always loved the Caribbean
and for some reason never really thought about trying our hand at sailing.
We don't know what it is like to sail, but I don't think our expectations of life at sea match what the popular youtube videos show.
We think we would need to spend multiple hours working daily on the boat
. We would have numerous times were we would have to figure out solutions to problems and learn a lot of things we have not had to deal with before. Finally, learning
how to navigate and understand weather
to not put us in bad situations.
For various reasons we don't plan to retire for another 5 years, so we figure we will use that time to
1. Get ASA
or US sailing certified (does anyone have recommendations in Austin TX or around for a great place to learn?)
2. If we enjoy the certification
, join one of the clubs on the lake here, try to sail once a month to build skill.
3. Volunteer where we can locally to crew.
a 35-45 foot monoull and a cat for at least a week in BVI
or the Bahamas
to get a feel for what we prefer. We are damn near certain we would prefer the motion of a cat but not going to go into a large purchase
without trying both options.
5. Start trying to figure out what we want to buy if we are still in love with the idea after 1-4.
6. Repeat steps 2-4 until we get a boat
We DON'T want to be one of these folks that buy a boat, leave for the Caribbean
and decide the life isn't for them.
All that being said, doing this will require money
which we want to put together over the next few years (and why I am posting
here). Our rough idea is to put together the funds to buy a cat and have a cruising kitty in 5 years time (depending on numerous factors), which we have been well underway on for now (we had some other goals we were saving money
Assuming that we think we will want a 35-45 foot owners cat our budgeting goals would put us at having 300-450k (numerous factors) for the purchase
and ~300k cruising kitty (worst case 5 years @ 60k, best case much, much longer)
The 60k per year figure comes from assuming 10% cost of the cat + living expenses. I know this is highly variable between everyone, but we are the type of people that enjoy cooking
and don't mind not needing to eat out or sacrifice in other ways if we had a particularly bad maintenance
My big question is this - does it make sense to believe that a cat can be found in turnkey condition in that rough price
range? I'd prefer to need no refit
time needed and go sail, but I don't know if that is naive or not. I know folks do this with a whole lot less, but once we leave our careers behind we want to be pretty sure money ain't gonna be a worry.