I may be contemplating craziness....
My wife and I are planning on taking our two kids
on an extended cruise
leaving on or about January 10th, 2011. At that point our kids
will be 12 and 8. We will live aboard, home school
starting on the eastern seaboard. The plan at this point is to work
our way down from Maine
, across the the Bahamas
and down the islands to Venezuela
. Then head
over to Panama
and either continue north to complete a caribbean
circle, or if all goes well cross through the canal
to begin a 5 year circumnavigation
. We would want to spend a year to 18 months on the east coast
to really sort and learn the boat
plus gain skills.
I grew up around boats, sailed all the time as a kid and my family
had a Catalina
27 and my wife and I have done the bareboat certification
thing and chartered. We also have owned larger powerboats here on Lake Lanier in GA where we live. But we are hoping to gain more experience before moving aboard.
Chartering is expensive and its not gaining experience in YOUR boat
. So I have been thinking.... always a dangerous thing. Perhaps we should go ahead and buy a boat and by having a boat we will do lots more sailing get aways and thus build more experience. The sailing school
we went too may also be able to put a boat we purchase
into crewed sailing school service
thus offsetting some of the expense.
What does anyone know about the Liberty 458? We want a solid mono-hull with 3 cabins that is seakindly, sails
well, has lots of storage
and is the smallest boat BIG enough for a family
of 4 to live aboard with each kid having their own cabin
. I have found a Liberty 458 for sale
that has two forward cabins and I LOVE these boats. They are just gorgeous and apparently pretty solid boats. Anyone have experience with them? ALL ideas and opinions are welcome!
This particular boat needs some cosmetics and refit work
and thats reflected in the price
. Here is where my thinking may be getting truely absurd: Would I be better off paying a yard to do all the work.... or should I sail the boat to Savannah, GA and from there have it trucked to the lake where it will be 10 minutes from my home and then do all the work I can myself????
I have no frame of reference at all on what moving such a boat would cost. How big a deal is it to take down the mast
? Any clues on what trucking costs would run? Is this simply stupidity and unrealistic?
I am a very handy guy, have tons of tools and generally can fix pretty much anything. I build my own racecars, and have a good bit of mechanical experience. I have trust issues when it comes to others doing work I consider critical.... I have found that just about nobody will do as good a job as I will. I also feel that if I am going to take my family on an extended cruise I want to knowthe boat upside down and backwards and I want the boat to be in truely tip-top condition. So if the boat were at my local marina 10 minutes away from my house, I could spend a year of so making it perfect and then have it moved back to the ocean. We could use it on the lake during the summer... Lanier is a big lake (over 600 miles of shoreline) and gain some easy sailing experience on her.
Then again... perhaps the smart move is to save the money
and have it earning income
to pile into a cruising kitty and look to buy a boat 6 months or so before were set to leave???
What are others thoughts?