Henry T, Your plan sounds good; however, it may be impractical to complete them in this time span. I would not think that you could easily complete step 2 and begin step 3 within one month. It may be more wise to extend your shopping/search time and take great care not to "fall in love" with a boat. The most cost effective purchase will also be a boat that is not "turn-key" and will require some time in preparation and equipment. I would also take care not to be too focused on specific manufacturers or models. There will be many compromises to be made and often the best outcome is a jewel that wasn't on the list. Carefully introduce your wife to the other bathing options and the precious volume of your potential water supply. In warmer climes it is the custom of cruisers to bathe in the salt water and use a minimal rinse of fresh water. We often bathe in the sea or with buckets drawn aboard. Your plan is sound and your goals can be easily met with your budget. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
Last edited by CaptainForce; 02-28-2012 at 06:45 AM.