I may be in a different situation than most prospective live aboard sailors. My occupation bounces me in and out of the country at year stints. I am sick of throwing money
into rentals and do not want to get tied down to a house again. I grew up racing
sailboats of all types. I maintain an unlimited tonnage Coast Guard license
. Other than some one-design racing
a year ago I have been landlocked for quite awhile, due to my career.
Soon my family
and I will be moving to the Bay Area of California
. At first I was planning to purchase
a race boat
for the weekend sailing fix. My wife said that she would not be able to crew due to the attention required by our infant son. I know if they are not included I will never get an opportunity on the water
. This led me to think about a cruising boat
A cruising boat has always been a desire of mine for later in life. Traveling is one of my greatest joys of life. I have visited or lived in 44 countries (not always under ideal circumstances). My plan has always been to circumnavigate upon retirement
Soon I will be living on the West Coast
for a year before again going abroad. It is ridiculous to purchase
a high priced house in Monterey for a year. Again I do not want to flush my money
away in rent. I am considering purchasing
a boat for my family
and me to live aboard during that period of time. I think it will be a good primer to a later circumnavigation
. Anyone can put up with anything for a year. Military members are doing it in Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti… right now.
Other than cell phones and insurance
I have no financial constraints going into this idea. I do not want to get wrapped into a vessel over my head
financially. When all is said and done I would like to be under 100K. I enjoy working on houses, cars, boats… but I do not want to invest time in something unseaworthy. Likely all maintenance/improvement will be done by me. I have built a house, restored cars, done plenty of boat repairs
, and even apprenticed in a sail loft. One of my priorities is to be sailing from the date of purchase though.
The reason I am writing this Thread is I know nothing about heavy displacement
sailboats. I am not a total neophyte as I do know about naval architecture, seamanship, navigation… What I am lacking is knowledge about actual blue water
cruising boat brands, models, capacities…
My initial thought was to looks for something in the 35-42 foot range. I need something that my wife would be able to stand a solo watch on confidently. At the same time I do not want her to feel claustrophobic down below. I would also like to have at least one enclosed stateroom for privacy.
I appreciate any and all advice
you are willing to provide.