It sounds as though you are planning on a pretty major undertaking...not that that should dissuade you...some of the best adventures are when you bite off just a little more than you can chew, and manage to pull it off! I purchased my 40 foot yacht without ever having owned so much as a dinghy
, and managed to sail it back home (about 2200km) without too much drama or misadventure, so it can be done!
If you want to try to find crew to help you out, that don't charge an arm and a leg, I suggest you try
They have a very active "Crew Needed" section, and there are more European members seem to post there...you may well be able to pick up crew there who will come along for the ride, or at worst, for a 1 way air-fare back to Greece
Apart from that, I will just say that you probably should not wait until you are on some Greek Island before you start trying to get Nav & Safety equipment
. It may be either impossible, or damned expensive to try to get what you need on a small Greek Island. Even if you don't end up buying
that particular boat, I assume that you have your heart set on buying a boat
, so much of what you may want will be of use to you even if you don't buy that particular one.
As a start, I would advise you to buy a good quality hand-held GPS
(Garmin do a good range of not too expensive ones). Get one that is designed for marine
use; they tend to be slightly more robust/waterproof than the non-marine models. You can then familiarise yourself with how it works at your leisure. It would be a good idea to also purchase
an Admiralty Chart for your local coastal waters around your home in Ireland
. If you have a Chart and a GPS
, you can practice doing position plots, to get yourself fully familiarised with the process befopre you even step aboard your new vessel. A set of dividers and a parallel rule
will assist you with plotting. Purchase decent charts
for your entire trip home, prior to departure (even if you are sailing with other boats, there is no guarantee that you will not become separated - maybe in fog
or a storm, so you will
need to be able to plot where you are and navigate your
vessel to safety
Aword of caution: If you are not eminently familiar with wooden boats, you should be sure of getting a full survey
conducted by a reputable & accredited MArine Surveyor
(and do not use one that is recommended by the seller - their impartiality could be questionable). A survey
is not cheap
, but you really do need one to make sure that you are not buying
in to a world of (expensive) trouble.
It would expect you would head
over to inspect the vessel, and, if it looked ok, have it surveyed (it is generally a very good idea to be present during the survey). Assuming that the survey was good, you can use your inspection
and the surveyor's report to make a list of equipment
that you will need to buy, repair
or replace prior to departure (you can, potentially, negotiate a drop in the price
based on the cost of "essential" repairs
that must be carried out to make the vessel seaworthy).
I would suggest buying a decent hand-held VHF radio
...familiarise yourself with it's use and with the standard marine channels. Find out the times and channels for marine forecasts (you will, during your trip, be a slave to the weather
...and the better your weather
information, the safer you are). Your vessel will probably have a VHF radio
, and possibly a HF and a 27MHz as well, but HF is a tricky thing to use (and you need a license
to transmit), so having a spare hand-held VHF is a good idea.
If you intend to carry a life-raft (possibly not entirely necessary in the Med itself, but, to my mind, absolutely essential for the Gibraltar
- Ireland portion of your trip), it might be cheaper to hire than to buy...it will be worth getting a quote or two anyway. I hired for my own delivery
trip...but I sailed pretty hard and fast (over 200km per day) to minimise the hire period.
Do not skimp on your wet weather gear
. A decent quality set of wet weather gear
will last you years and you will be grateful that you bought the good stuff when it is freezing cold and blowing it's tits off somewhere in the Bay of Biscay or Irish Sea or wherever... Also, buy a good harness and a good PFD
(I like the inflatable
Finally, make sure that you have the boat properly insured before you head
off on your delivery
journey. Many marinas
will not let you berth if you do not have insurance
(in case your boat damages another boat or boats in the marina).
Other than that, good luck!