I'm recently retired and want to take advantage of a window in time to travel and cruise
the Leeward / Windward Islands
before grandchildren come along.
Help needed: your thoughts and advice
on my high level, rough, plan for buying a boat
that is retiring out of the charter
fleet, already located in the Eastern Caribbean
(probably BVI), sailing the Leeward / Windward Islands
for one season (Nov 2017- June 2018) from Saint Martin down to Grenada
and back up again, and then selling the boat
. My follow on plan is to move on to live/travel in Europe
for a spell thus the reason for selling the boat
While I've been sailing/racing for 35 years, done some chartering in BVI
, have USCG 25T Masters, ASA
Instructor, etc., I've really haven't done anything of this magnitude.
- The boat.
I'm sure everyone says this, but I'm hoping to take my time, and advantage of a large number of boats for sale
, and make a good deal on a boat coming out of a charter
fleet that a surveyor
would say looks to be in great shape. I really don't want to spend a lot of time, or money
, fixing or outfitting the boat for what amounts to an 8-9 month adventure. Ideally the boat will already have most of the right amenities and equipment
for the trip. I've just started looking, but so far the Jeanneau
32i or 36i has my eye. My budget
for the boat is $55-$65K (USD). Ideally when we are done I hope to sell and not lose more than $5-10K. Doable?
- The route
I'm trying to get my mind wrapped around places to visit and timing. I'm looking at Chris Doyle's guide (Leeward & Windward Islands) which appears to be a great resource with lots of detail. To start with, however, I'm interested to know any overarching thoughts on gotta see places, hints on routes, events
(e.g. I'd love to plan timing to be in Antigua
Yacht Regatta), etc.
Your wisdom and experience would be greatly appreciated!