Hi! Over the last year or so I've been preparing my life to be able to buy a boat
and leave for the Caribbean
. It's me and two dogs
, 40lbs and 20lbs. My plan and hope it's too live in the hook as long as I possibly can, or as long as it's fun.
I've been on sailboats before, but so far back that experience is not useful to me now. Basically, I've been ravenously reading and dreaming and YouTube watching. So I don't have much experience to draw on.
That all said, I've recently looked at a First 305 and I like the amenities it offers. It needs some work
, but I'm not scared of hard work
. I have tools galore and feel confident I could make her shine.
One of the big questions in my mind is, is this a boat
that one sould consider living on? With no experience, it's tough to make that call. I can't find any info about this. Either I can't find it, or no one has written it because you just don't do it. Proving a negative is hard. It certainly isn't the boat the Pardey's would live on, but I can't judge if that makes it bad for my plans. Near term that's the Caribbean
. In many years when life happens and I'm dog free (one dog only three) then I'd like to head
West access the Pacific I think. But I also think buying
a boat for so far in the future makes no sense.
Concerns I have are mainly about ruggedness, I guess. For instance, the chain locker is a pocket on Deck
. Does anyone live on a boat like this, on the hook? I think mornings and slips would make it easy, but that won't be me. I can imagine turning the v berth into a proper chain locker, and putting a proper capstan/windlass on there. But it's work and maybe it just ruins the boat/resale.
General thoughts. If there are threads you can think of down a similar trail, I'd love to read them.