When I decided that I wanted to cruise
the world I knew that I had to give up on the idea of a motor
yacht. I also owned a Hatteras that I loved but it cost me over $12,000 in fuel
to go from Florida
to the Bahamas
and back for 6 weeks.
I have visions of sailing around the world.
I downsized to a 53ft Gulfstar Motorsailer
. It is about 64 ft long overall and about 16 ft wide. It has 6ft 10-inch headroom
in the salon
with three staterooms and two heads. It holds 350 gallons of water
and has an 18 gallon an hour water
maker. I bought and outfitted it for under $150,000 including a rebuilt 6 cylinder Perkins diesel
.motor and generator
I found that I had a cruising range of up to 2000 miles on motor
alone if I did not want to sail. I now have the best of both worlds. I have a generator
when I want to run the AC or the washer and dryer, but we normally live on our four 345 watt solar panels
and two wind generator
with a 22 battery
You would not realize how much money
I have saved just on fuel
. I have a top speed of about 10 mph but we usually, cruise
about at between 6 to 8 mph.depending on how far we want the fuel to last.
This was the best decision for me and my family