Well I have to give you the prize for one of the more unusual requests I have seen lately.
Fifteen years from now who knows what the rising sea level will do to our marinas
. What will happen to low lying islands. What regulations
will apply to our cruising community. They aren’t making it easier for us that is for sure.
Fifteen years from now you might not even be able to find a decent used model of an Amel. There was as a YouTube couple that had a small catamaran
... a PDQ
... maybe 38 foot or so .... very likable Canadians. Handsome couple.. channel and name escape me... any way they decided to buy a used Amel down in the lower Antilles. The plan was to have a robust platform that could handle exploring Patagonia and the low latitudes. The last I heard of them they were trying to sue the previous owner because of all the issues thAt came up with the Amel. Keep in mind that this couple had worked as charter
captains. Had worked in a charter
fleet. He is smart and capable person. Not a couple with tons of money
. Had planned on selling berths to people who wanted big boat experience.
It all blew up in their face. Which can happen to anyone. That boat was carefully looked at before purchase
. My point is very simple.... big boats cost big money
to maintain and repair.
Second point. I was recently looking at a very nice multihull
that is over 50 foot. After long detailed conversation about maintenance
on the boat the conversation drifted into the sails
at hand on the boat. This boat has circumnavigated the planet 2-3 X already. I asked about the condition of the sails
. Blah blah. Replacement cost for the genny and headsail... North high quality bullet proof cruising sails on a fast multi.... 80K... the boat couldn’t be rebuilt for less than 1.5 mill. Now being sold
for less than 300K.
That is the kind of shizzzle you are dealing with. It ain’t the price
of the used boat
that is the serious number. Look at that price
as your entry price into the big boat experience. That is where many a skipper
has gotten serious financial wounds. So, if you think you got the jing to maintain a hole in the water
and enjoy literally flushing
thousand dollar bills down the toilet... enjoy.
Or be sensible and enjoy sailing on a smaller platform now. Maybe even talk to skippers who have boats in charter fleets and take possession of their ex charter boat after 4-5 years. Wish you luck.