As there is already a thread how crazy is this I opted for the loco question.
Well,you might have read that the dream of sharing a life and or boat
with "love of my life" has capsized . What I am left with is a strange interest in boats due to the involvement with him.
But as I was saving my boat
virginity for him to be the one to take me out on a boat I have no experience of sailboats .
I have been out on powerboats 50 miles off the coast of Belize
,loved it and am no scaredy cat when teh waters get rough . Did not like the powerboat noise
.For now that is all I know plus am fascinated theroretically with the idea of sailboats and reading /learning as much as I can in theory.
I am reasonably handy if shown where things are and what they do.Example I am the only woman that I know who drove with hammer on her passenger seat,because she could not afford to replace the sticking solenoid on her alternator
so I had to start it with a good bash to the alternator
So here's the question
: 35k Sea of Cortez
on the doorstep , house selling within the next two- three months, no employment
apart from some freelance work
hopefully and will have to leave Mexico
(visa etc) probably. Might get extension.
: a bluewater
boat for 20-25 K and 10 k to restore as a live aboard and later sail away .
I have been keeping a running total of boats that are blue water
and there are two that caught my eye as an example
a 40 ft French built Van de Stadt
design in steel
at 29k but probably would sell for 25K as it has been on the market forever ( a lot of boat I know and why is such a lot of boat on the market this long, just a sign of the times or more...) Probably needs new standing rigging
(more than ten years old) Been reading about galvanic corrosion
,steel boats and Van de stadt design on different forums
and a very cheap
33 ft Cutter
rig Topper Hermanson boat of which I already know froma survey
done that it needs welding in 25 places, but it is advertised at 8 k I would imagine it is way cheap
, but that is a guess.Have not looked further into this yet
Sailing credentials none, was thinking I could get RYA course remotely and move nearer the sea for a while and crew / look for boats . But my time is limited to do that. From sale
of the house I will probably only have 4 - 6 weeks to suss out if this is possible or if the dream needs to remain just that.
Theoretical navegation I have already studied as the "man of my life" was going through it, but would need to deepen knowledge.
What say you ? What would you recommend apart from sailing lessons
, which I will take ? Bearing in mind that once I have a boat (if I do) I can concentrate on sailing literally all day coupled with freelance work
to buy tortillas . What would it take to get this girl cruising and in what timeframe?
PS : I know bad timing as it is hurricane
season by the time this should all go over. And no I am not running away to sea . Just thinking if not now then when.