Originally Posted by The Smokester
My experience: I bought a 16 year old, barely used "blue water" boat. It is prestine. To modernize it as a circumnavigator I have installed autopilots and windvanes for self steering
, new sails
, new rigging
, new electronics
transponder, new comms, EPERB, liferaft
, LED lighting
, and modernized the engine propulsion
. These changes alone are well north of $50k. If you find such a ready boat, or a subset thereof, for $50k, buy it for the parts
In other words, I believe that your $50k budget
for a circum-ready boat is way low.
Also, I will echo some of the comments for 50' being big for single handing. If all goes well it will be a dream. However, when things are wrong it will be a nightmare. If you arrive late in the day to a harbor all the 40'+ slips will be taken...You will anchor
out a lot. The sails
will be heavy or even heavier depending on the sail plan. Costs seem to go up surprisingly with size beyond a scaling based on simple common sense. The forces go as size^2 so winches get larger and slower and the systems to support them more massive. When $h??!! happens there is a lot more energy on the loose.
So I advise looking closer to 40 ft, and planning on a bigger budget
These are excellent comments.
A question you should seriously consider is "What do I need 50 ft for?" Singlehanding
you really don't need all that space. Certainly not for stowage. One of the pleasures of long range crusing is getting rid of all the cr*p you 've accumulated during a lifetime.
Back to basics so to speak.
Don't discount the complexities of running a bigger boat. Yes you'll have electric
winches etc, but as an example, consider what 40 meters of 1- 1 1/2" inch docking
lines weigh (you'll be lugging this around sometimes, not to mention the sheer unhandiness of coiling and dragging (not carrying ) it.