I've been lurking for a while and this post is amazing and so very helpful.
After living in Vancouver for 14 years, I left to go and work in Auckland
on an Amazon project
, November 2019. I am tied to Vancouver through family
commitments and will be returning in July 2021.
My background: I have a pilots licence and I flew 200+ hours on wheels and 100+ hours on floats in and around British Columbia
. I also worked as a 'Overnight Sea Kayak
Guide' on the Sunshine Coast for several seasons. I bought a 420, here in Auckland
and this was my first ever boat with sails
. I am very lucky to live on the beach and sail most days, I would definitely consider myself a complete beginner and only have experience on this boat.
About three years ago I attempted to purchase
36 from a broker
down in GI and he offered a slip there with the boat for as long as I needed it, I had a bad survey
and put the sailing life on hold. I was a member
at the Sailing/Rowing Club in Stanley Park for a couple of years but let my membership
I am on the slip list for a few and have experienced the exact same problems as everyone else.
So to my point: I do not want to buy or rent a house in Vancouver, my son who I share custody is there and is still only 14. He has spent about 50% of the last year or so here in Auckland but with Covid it is just impossible to travel. My ultimate goal is to live aboard and as a camera
operator in the film industry I can day call as and when I need to work.
I have $100,000 saved to go towards this and that will leave me with $50,000 in contingency. This is my life worth really and at 48 I want to experience sailing around the world for as long as I can while I am young enough to not hurt too much every morning!! I do need to be based close to Kits, where my son lives for at least the next 4 years. Extended 3/4 month trips down the west coast
are possible in this time as are up into the pacific north west; water and land I know quite well.
My partner is joining me and she has no experience of sailing other than the shared experience as my crew on the 420. She will be contributing 50% of the purchase
so we could buy from $50,000 shared to $200,000. I have been reading and researching for years now and I am getting close to pulling the trigger. I found a boat here in NZ for about $100,000, Hylas
44 but feel it is just too much boat.
Our original plan was to buy a boat here and live on it for 6 months, then pay for a captain
to take us to Fiji
, where we could learn on the passage
and then float around until returning for season two, where we would live aboard again on the hook or more likely a slip. Due to my son not being able to join us here I must now do this in the Vancouver area.
I am not sure what to do, which route
to take and I feel the more I research
the less I know what is the right choice to make at this point, so I thought I would throw it to the floor and cower in the corner.
Sorry for the ramble but I know you lot like information!!