Me and my fiancee both keep talking about how we want to travel the world. So I talked to her about my dream.. Which is to sail around the world, and living aboard
Now I know a lot of you probably do just that, but I'm 21 and I've never even set foot in a sailboat. Fishing
boats in a lake, sure. But never in a open ocean. I was born in landlocked Kentucky so not much ocean there.
We're currently full time in our 1987 29' RV, and have been for a year so we can handle the close quarters. I even learned what the bow, aft, starboard, and port sides of a ship are!
So I'm confident we could do it, I'm just trying to get an idea of what to expect so my questions are as follows.
1) how much should I expect to spend on the boat
itself? I've seen boats range from $1000 to $100,000. But also for a few for $300.
1a) if I bought a boat
that's in the $1000 range what should I expect? I've done fiberglass work
so hull repairs
shouldn't be an issue. What about electronics
? What would need updated?
2) what boat would you recommend? I could save up 60k to buy a newer boat, but I think an older 70s or 80s would do just fine, and I'd hopefully get on the water
3) what maintenance
does a boat need? How much does it cost if I buy the materials and do it myself. I don't pay myself for labor :P and I'm use to diy
4) what about not often replaced stuff that u may need to buy? Like sails
? How much does this stuff cost? How often would it need replaced?
5) how much do you guys spend a month? Can you break it down for me? At the moment me and my fiancee are getting by with $200-$300 a month with no issues. Do you live off a savings? Or do you work
while sailing? Where could I find jobs while sailing? I'm thinking charging
tourist for a romantic night on deck
would work well.
6) what's different from a boat compared to a RV? Should I expect a 'wet bath' like some smaller RVs have? How common are stand alone showers like my RV has? How is waste handled? Does the boat have black and gray tanks
like RVs? What about appliances
? My RV is propane stove
and fridge, what can I expect in a boat?
7) what do you do for safety gear
life boats? Life jackets? Railing around the entire boat? What about for SOS signals?
8) how much water
do you guys use on average per month? I'm worried 100 gallons won't be enough for more than 2 months. What about diesel
? Or cooking fuel
? What type of cooking
fuels are used on boats?
9) how much space would be enough for two adults and one child
10) what extra equipment
do you bring? Diving gear
? Telescope to see in the distance? Radio
? A map of some sort in case electronics
11) how long would it take to sail around the world going what speed?
Also I figured I'd list the 'wants' for whatever boat, if you guys can recommend one:
1) a large tank. I see the Morgan
44 has something like 200 gallons.
2) it would have to be long distance capable. I want something that can handle ocean, not just shallow water
3) length is kind of workable. My fiancee says she's okay with 20 feet. I want something larger, like 30-40 feet.
4) needs to be able to be crewed by myself. There will be two of us, but I'm not sure how much she would want to do.
5) a head/bathroom. Seen a boat where you lifted the bed
to get to the toilet.
6) built in stove
is a plus, I hear when you have a flying flaming appliance it can cause issues.
7) a dining area isn't needed, we would just like a living area
8) two beds is a huge plus.
9) speed isn't a big deal either. Slow is okay with me, not trying to win any races.
That's basically it I think. My son is a year and half now, and I want to be sailing by the time he is 5 ideally. I'm okay with buying
a fixer upper boat as I'm use to doing work myself, and if it saves be some money
thats a plus!
Also how are boats transported? I see some sail boats around 20' being transported by people with their SUV or pickup. Others by semi. Where's the cut off before transporting by semi? I plan to have the boat moved to my property in Nevada until I'm ready to sail so that's a factor. Transporting by semi still isn't a big deal though, my parents drive semi and I could hire them to move it.
This is a long term dream of mine I've had since I was young, so I want to make it work out. Any help or info you guys can give is nice, including any resources on actually learning
to sail! I plan to take some sailing courses in the future though.