We are not talking about a circumnavigation
here and this is a short term thing, so you could just buy any 35-ish feet boat (and there are thousands of them the owners would sell for cash now for 3/4 or less of the asking price) and go have a blast with it...then sell it for about the same price
or maybe a little less when you are done. Depending on your experience level and budget
, heck you could fly to Florida with 4 backpacks and a two weeks later be heading for the Carib. I would fight the urge to make this MORE about the boat than the adventure of where you want to go! It really all revolves around your experience level and budget
I just opened up a copy of Southwinds Magazine and found a Pearson 365 Ketch
listed for $35K. I bet $30 gets you the boat and you sell her for $25, try to charter a boat for $5 plus lets say another $5K in quick gear
upgrades....forget about it!
Ok too much money
, then the next page has a 30ft Bodga 1986 for $12K...you know $10K maybe even $8k gets the boat and gets you in the Carib out on the water
. Sell the boat for $5K when you are done.
Have more money
to spend....then hell, it'sa piece of cake to by a nice boat for $75K, sail and then resale for $60K.
We cruised with a family
of 4 on a Pearson 365
....space for a short term cruise
when you are living in the water
and out adventuring just isn't an issue, so my No 1 advice
is go small, go easy and DO IT! Don't let people tell you that you are crazy, just go do it! I'm not kidding. Give me 4 plane tickets to Florida about a month before cruising season kicks off and I would have a boat and be at anchor
in the Carib before most of the "gotta have it all right and dialed in perfect crowd" even leaves the dock
for the first time after their 3yr refit
. Heck...that's sounds like a damn good reality show!
(Now if you don't have any experience in buying
a boat find someone to help you, even if you pay them $500 to help you find it and look at it. Their experienced eye can make this approach really work
. But if you know NADA about boats, boat systems and buying boat, then trying to do something like this on your own could be a Capt Ron Disaster where you never leave the dock)