Thanks for welcoming me to the forum.
I'm at the very early stages of looking for a boat
to be used to tour around Asia
and the Pacific. I will be sight seeing with a strong emphasis on diving
(especially the shipwrecks and big walls scattered around the region).
do not share my love of diving
but we still enjoy travelling together to areas of common interest. It's quite normal for us to leave separately for areas that only interest one party and meet up later in areas that interest everyone.
I can well see any boat
I do get being used for both individual holidays to dive only destinations followed by group holidays to tropical paradises. I severely doubt that the family
will be interested in a multi day/week passages to get to areas of interest but they are likely to fly in to meet me there after I make the longer passages, stopping off at diving destinations.
As I'm keen to have as many combined holidays as possible, what are the key points to keep a non diehard sailing spouse and kids
interested in joining me for the more family friendly destinations and legs? I'm thinking: have as many creature comforts as possible; make the boat homely rather than a man cave; include labour saving devices so the boat trip is a holiday rather than a chore. My interest in remote
and technical diving will see the boat well kitted out with tankage, power and cockpit
space so I dont think domestic appliances
(washer, kitchen, fridge/freezer(s), bathrooms will be a problem and She will be most welcome to homify the interior
. I'm also looking at moderately priced boats so that there is budget
available to personalised whichever one does get bought. Is there anything else I should include or consider?
If it makes a difference, I'm leaning towards older converted lobster/cray trawlers in the 45ft LOA/20T displacement
range. I see benefits for everyone in having a single
level cabin/cockpit/roofline with lots of below deck storage
I am based in Cairns, Queensland