I'll talk about this with you, but I will not say what you should do. I would say, though, that turning that Farr into the world's coolest cruising boat could be a lot of fun--or a huge nightmare, and it all depends on what really turns you and your good lady on. What Terra Nova suggests is right for many people. And, even Thailand
for labor; it's many ocean miles to get there; and it's a foreign culture where you may not know the ins and outs for some while. The costs will be huge. Even in SE Asia
We knew some young people, still in their early 30's, that bought an old race
boat in England
, and sailed her out to New Zealand
. They had turned it into a "cruising boat" by adding roller furling
. And, if memory serves, they put teak
treads on the companionway ladder (thanks, JIm for refreshing my memory), and they put a windlass
on it.... That's all. And they had a wonderful time with her, and settled in NZ..
For you guys, and given your age (I'm 77), I think you might be better served by buying
a similar sized, good sailing boat that is ready to go. CF member
ewitts has one such for sale
here right now. I used to know the boat. American made, one-off, Gary Mull design, aluminum
construction. A nice light air boat.
If you look for special cruising boats, often built by shipwrights for their own use, from designers whose boats you like, there are a few out of the mainstream, but brilliant boats to be found, and maybe that is where you and your good lady could look to find a special boat that's ready to go--truly ready to go. This is how Jim and I found the boat I'm sitting in, writing to you now.
Or, Back to the Farr: put a double bed
in there somewhere, where you can cut a hatch
5 ft in front of the head
of the bed
, to ventilate it. Ditch all but the best of the sails.
Plumb a line to the toilet
area for a shower
(put it in somewhere where you think it will be fun to slot into the community and work for a while.) Use a sun shower for now, in the cockpit
. Jim and I did this for 18 yrs.....AND, we were younger then. But clean can happen.
Install the roller furler
with a 135 on it.
Keep slab reefing for the main. For now.
Find out from experience what more you want. Either buy that or get out, depending on how long it takes you.
You see, life is all an experiment
and you and your good lady, just like me and Jim and everyone else, are the subjects of it. You choose, and try out stuff. Amuse others.
You might want to have a VHF
and a depth sounder
. And you might want to have internet
capabilities, but other people on here will suggest you have so much stuff that by the time you install it, y'all won't go sailing.
If you can really KISS, the Farr might work; but if you are like most of the elders who want to cruise
, buy a cruise
ready boat, and don't spend your precious time that is left to you, building, but sailing--if that is what y'all really want to do.
If what you really want to do is save the Farr from destruction, well, that is a valid choice, too, and do that, with my blessing.
I regret, alan, that I do not know you better, for then I could have tuned my answer more personally toward you.