So there was a boat down in St Marys that roughly fit this description. Nice looking boat. I forget the designer/builder but it was all top shelf. Reasonable water
and air draft
. Originally designed to haul cargo I think.
The exterior showed some signs of modifications to the systems. Only the roughest interior.
She was on the market for like 10 years and never moved. Price
kept dropping. Someone else I knew tried to book a viewing and got a weird response from the broker
, he was reluctant to show. I just looked and did not see her on YachtWorld.
So why would such a boat, virtually unused, go wanting?
Probably because when you do the estimate to complete you realize that the hull
and engines represent well under 50% of the boats value. IF you have resources to hail and work
on the boat for an extended time that is one story. But it you need to hire out storage
and work space then the dollars start adding up quickly.
While you can work on a vessel while living aboard
it ain’t easy. It t is dirty, and frustrating, hot and cold and often isolating. And fitting out a boat takes a rather high degree of professional skill in various very different disciplines.
Not that it can not be done, it can. It is just that only a very select few can take on such a project
and find it gives back as much as it sucks out.
Ultimately the only one who can answer that question is you, what do you want to do with your life? Try reading Bull Canyon, it is about a couple who successfully built and then sailed their own wooden boat. That may give you some sense of the matter.
Now, let’s say there are boatyards
who can do this work. Is the boat ready for such a voyage? If not then what needs to be done here to make it so? And you will need a few crew to get her down. Crew who will be willing to make the voyage in an unfinished boat. Are you willing to live there and supervise the work for as long as it takes?