Thanks for the helpful response.
Yes--budget is the big wild card here.
I am aware that a cruising lifestyle can
be quite comfortable--even luxurious--
if only one has a million (or two) dollars
Not 100% sure what our budget will
be, to be perfectly frank. So you are
correct in that it might all be a pipe
dream. Nevertheless, it is a dream
that we are committed to pursuing,
and are putting all our efforts toward
I think ideally, we will establish our
new "home base" on or near the
water, first, then buy the boat and
start living aboard while outfitting it
for bluewater sailing. I'm making the
assumption that anything in our
price range is going to need at least
a moderate amount of work before
it's ready to sail for distant shores.
In the meantime, we will start taking
short, then increasingly longer, coastal
cruises to get more experience...
I think this strategy will let us decide
if we can really handle this lifestyle--
the tight quarters and demands of
liveaboard sailing, and all the rest of
it--before we finally decide to take
the final "plunge".
I have some acquaintances who did
this very thing for a couple of years,
with their two (albeit younger) kids,
so I have their experience to draw
from... but I am wondering who else
out there has done this sort of thing,
and what they can tell me.
As I said, I'm eager to soak up as
much knowledge as possible. Being
very safety-conscious, I am also
concerned about how to be prepared
for as many different "worst-case
scenarios" as can be reasonably
P.S., thanks for the recommendation
on boat sizes. I think you are right,
that unless something changes
drastically in our finances, the
catamaran option is probably out of
our price range. But the 45-50 footer
was my best guess for minimum space
in a monohull, so it's good to know
I'm on the right track there.