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Old 09-07-2018, 15:27   #136
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Re: 28ft Bluewater Live aboard recommendations

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Hello, Im a newb and am looking to take the big leap and join the liveaboard community. My budget is 10k(hopefully less) and I'm looking to get a 28ft solid blue water monohull with a trusty autopilot installed since I will likely single hand this gal around the globe. Is my budget too low you think? and What vessels should I keep an eye out for? Any insight would be appreciated.
Your budget isnít the issue, the size of boat is.

As you want an autopilot, I guess you want to sail it too? Iíve owned a 28footer for over 20 years and since I spent 4 years living aboard, I sold and upped to a 34footer. It simply isnít big enough, long term. I loved my yacht, knew every nut & bolt, but lets get real. Living aboard and sailing, are mutually incompatible unless you have a decent size to start with..... if Iíd had the funds for marina fees, Iíd have gone to nearer 40ft.

I sail single handed, around The Solent, U.K.
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Hello, Im a newb and am looking to take the big leap and join the liveaboard community. My budget is 10k(hopefully less) and I'm looking to get a 28ft solid blue water monohull with a trusty autopilot installed since I will likely single hand this gal around the globe. Is my budget too low you think? and What vessels should I keep an eye out for? Any insight would be appreciated.
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All depends on the person and what they're used to.
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Old 09-07-2018, 16:01   #139
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yes your right, another good capable boat as proven by jester but lacking headroom compared to the contessa ,or the others
I thought Tania Aebi trip was more impressive and the book is a good read too.

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Old 09-07-2018, 17:09   #140
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Re: 28ft Bluewater Live aboard recommendations

Just saw a great documentary on Netflix called "Chasing Bubbles" about a guy cruising around the world on a budget. I just looked at a nice 30 foot Hunter for 9500 here in Kemah TX. I would buy it myself but want something bigger. Check out the add on Criaigslist in Houston. There must be plenty of boats out there that would work. Learn all you can about fixing things because you will have to do it all by yourself if you single hand it. Read all you can and try to lake some courses if possible. Celestial Navigation would be good. In the movie "Adrift" she says that is what kept her alive.

After you have done all you can to learn and prepare, then go for it! I am old and in my experience I have not regretted the things in life I have done as much as the things in life I didn't do out of fear.
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Re: 28ft Bluewater Live aboard recommendations

I upgraded from a Cal 27 to a Columbia 10.7. The difference in size is huge. The Columbia is definitely big enough to live aboard and that is my goal once I get it back into shape.

I was very lucky to stumble across the Columbia. It is designed for cruising with a full modified fin keel.



The Cal 27 was a great boat, but simply not big enough for me (6'5") to live aboard for more than a few days at a time. The Cal is much better sailing, especially in light winds, and easier to single-hand.

The boat was for sale for a long time and badly neglected. Many of the portholes and portlights leak. I've already bought replacements for the portholes and will replace the portlights at the same time. I purchased it for $10K but I'll need to put at least that much into it to get it ready for cruising.

We spent $3K to soda blast the bottom otherwise it would have taken all summer to sand the bottom and get off the many years of paint. It was in very bad shape.

The sails are original and, while usable, should also be replaced. I may try to buy used or find other economical alternatives. Either way, expect to spend $10K or more to get your cruiser ready to sail around the world.

If I was 10 years younger and my kids were out of college I would definitely consider a cruising life. Instead, my long term goal is to sail to northern Europe for a summer stay and then a wintering in the Med. If I can manage that in the next 10 years, I will be a very happy man. Good luck.
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