My husband and I live in CO and are moving to Charleston, SC to be near family
and pursue some level of living aboard
. He hasnít sailed since he was younger, and I never have. We arenít sure how full on we want to go with cruising, so the original plan was to get a smaller boat
to start, learn the ropes, and then upgrade if we want to keep going.
But to make things complicated, a boat
has found us here in CO (1981 Dufour
1800 25í + trailer
, asking $9500). We are considering buying
it, towing it to SC and living on it at a marina until we buy a house, or maybe we hate it all and leave. So far we have seen the boat a couple times, and are now planning a day to take it out on the lake with the owner. Not pictured: obsessive amounts of research
, podcasts, youtube, spreadsheets.
Iím hoping you folks can offer a reality check, or maybe encouragement?!
-25í for 2 people? Weíve lived in a tiny house/240 sq ft for the past 5 years, so I know we can handle small spaces, already got rid of all our crap, can deal with composting toilets, etc. But there isnít headroom
and I realize this boat has probably half (at best) the living space of my tiny house. We are thinking the only saving grace would be to add a bimini
over the companionway
so that standing in the galley
is at least an option. What couples live on a 25í boat? Crazy ones? We did find a YouTube channel of a young couple that towed their 26í from Washington
, and then sailed to Bahamas
from there. This is only meant to be temporary, but what if 3 months turns into 6Ö
-What to do about a survey
when there arenít any surveyors near us? The closest one according to SAMS appears to be about 7 hours away in any direction. It doesnít seem like this a step you can skip, but the travel cost to get someone down here or worse, towing the boat to them, sounds...sucky. Has anyone ever found themselves in this position? Things we know about right now are: fiberglass repair
area, bottom paint
job, and update radio/etc. The boat has been taken care of and stored on trailer
since this owner has had it the last 10+ years. So in theory itís in great shape, but I guess thatís what the survey
-I envisioned boat shopping
to be a lengthy process, as to not get my hopes up. We canít just buy the first thing that comes along, right? Itís not like there are many other boats similar in size for sale
that we can try and compare. We weren't planning on doing this here anyway. I donít even know what Iím looking at or doing anyway. For what itís worth, this boat is meeting criteria from my husbandís POV.
So yeaÖ is this crazy? Should we keep going and see this thing through? Or is it wise to wait til we get to SC and shop for a boat there with more options? Am I leaving out any pertinent information?
PS. just want to say I love the monthly budget
posts from Sailorboy. Thanks for sharing that!