Originally Posted by LedZepplin77
Speaking of which, the biggest logistic we've been trying to overcome is getting a boat from Ohio the Gulf. Is it realistic to attempt a passage
down the Missisippi? Or is the Big Muddy simply too shallow for sailboat?
I am not big on my US geography
, but sounds like the trip to the ocean would be a major trip in itself (nothing wrong with that
- just a time thing, and likely less fun if it is done in a rush to start your "real" adventures).
The alternative to buying locally and sailing / motoring (or land transport ($$$) by road, unless own trailor and vehicle - albeit that not free either) to the sea is to buy in the Gulf, either before you arrive or when you arrive. Plusses and Minuses to either approach, as always with boats!
Buying in Ohio
Get to learn on own boat.
Get to fix / mod the boat at your leisure (and with own tools / workshop to hand - not to be sniffed at!).
Can take more time boat shopping
(the better you buy for the buck the less time and money
you spend later).....when buying boats you get to kiss a lot of frogs!
A trip down the Mississipi which eats into your caribean time.
Possibly less choice on boats for sale
(especially when you want them).
Buying in the Gulf
A lot nearer your destination!
No trip down the Mississipi.
More choice of boats suitable for your trip.
All boats required some fixing / mods before a voyage like yours (or any!) - doing so at arms length is a PITA (and costs, with no guarantee that the work
you pay for is the work
that gets done as expected).
- Doing the work upon arrival eats into your voyage time, and likely adds shore accomadation costs (possible to liveaboard
and work - but a few people on the boat sizes you are looking at that make it doable, but very impracticable).
- No pre trip sailing experiance on own boat (but that doesn't mean you can't get experiance in Ohio on other peoples boats, might cost though - but possibly only in beer!)
- If buying upon arrival, then less boat buying time, which could result in a buy now and repent at leisure scenario (bills & time) plus shoreside accomadation and travel during the boat hunt.....of course if you have (or can rustle up!) freinds and family
in the Gulf area to help you out that would drop costs. A short list of potential boats beforehand would help a lot, but no guarantee of success.
- If buying before arrival then a buying trip (or 3?!) costs, plus storage
before you depart.
If you do choose the buy in the Gulf approach you can nonetheless be a tyre kicker
in Ohio! and get eyes on boats, both for sale
and not to get an idea of what you will be looking at later (and especially what problems you don't want to buy, and then spend time and money
Boat is all about choices - the decpetive thing is that 99.99% of ideas can be done
, but whether wise, prudent or fun is always another matter.........and often enough a judgement call for each to make depending on own wishes and capabilities (and that often enuf includes depth
of pocket, you are not alone on that!).
My main concern with the chances for success of your adventure is not the sailing or bumping into stuff side (you die or you don't! & have fun or not), but on the boat buying side as you will be short of both money and time (usually one can compensate for the other) which means you can't afford to get the purchase
badly wrong (nothing will be ideal - but some real moneypits around, many of them also float!).....but on the upside, as you are going pretty basic will be less to break! but nonetheless some stuff needs to be good enuf for the boat to be seaworthy
As I said, no idea on US geography
- but maybe a compromise to buy in Ohio, spend a little time fixing her and then make the trip to the coast in stages between doing the college etc stuff, even if the trip not completed by the time you can set off permanently might get you close enough. Anyway, just a thought.
and do keep us all posted on how things progress (boat buying and the actual trip!).....it all goes into the pot for the use of others, whether entirely successful or not!