Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Kyushu, Japan
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Re: Boat for Pacific Passage - yes or no?
I'm thinking to purchase by Aug/Sept. 2015, and will make several trips in the next two years to marinas, view boats, network (e.g. this coming August, the following March). Would hope to camp on/live aboard, for outfitting. I imagine leaving for HI by Feb/early-March (2016). By July, we are into typhoon season in Japan seas, right through September (moorage for these months, if needed). Boats around the Baja also Mazatlan, having been sailed down the coast, may need less in outfitting. Sometimes spotted on yachtworld. Like you say, some luck and good timing is important, but just visiting and making contacts may be worthwhile, is my thought. Most of the boats I selected leave room for $15K-$20K in outfitting. I would have a survey done, so hopefully no unwelcome surprises..
If you have limited time to look. unless you luck on to a boat pre-prepared, you are into the practical proposition of taking the best or least worse available.
Few boats are blue water equipped or ready, probably more so in that age price range and getting to that will be your major expense. I am thinking of things such as a windvane which will take time to fit.
I also wonder about your route and timing specifically switching hemispheres and hurricane seasons. I imagine that you are not talking about this year.