We are doing it, in Early March we will have sold our motorbikes, put our lives in storage
and be flying out of Brisbane
, Aus for Ft Lauderdale USA. We intend to buy something suitable for cruising and liveaboard
for ~12 months sailing south to the Caribbean
Having looked around it does not seem too tricky to find a reasonable boat
in our price
bracket and having no intention of ‘Blue Water’ sailing, the Catahuntetaus are probably going to be our focus but we will talk to a broker once we find one locally.
Still not sure what to do when we arrive in Ft Lauderdale though, we need to stay somewhere cheap
while we search for a boat
, couple of ideas we had are:
- Reasonable for a room but could get pricey on-going
- Kinda pricey to hire and no experience driving one…
- Buy a cheap
Van and camp in it (noting it’s kinda chilly in march)
(Ask around at a club and offer cleaning/cooking/maint services in exchange for board).
- Could work
well, but would need expectations to be carefully managed
I’m floating between Van camping and Air BnB since we’d need transportation regardless, perhaps a combination of both.
I thought I’d throw the problem to the hive mind of the cruisers forum and see if anyone had thoughts or ideas or even recommendations (for action or broker or anything) and stories of your experiences we are eager to hear? (Yes, even the horror stories).
We expect to be underway or at least on-board within a few weeks but these things tend to swell so cost could become a factor all too quickly.