Re: Seaworthy Sailboat Help!
Good luck with your plans. Hopefully, your buddy has some offshore experience as well. Some good advice given so far. If it's the Pacific you're starting in, there's always boats in Papa'ete, Tahiti for sale. Fiji as well. I've been to both,good surfing, but have no knowledge of accomodations for crusing boats. Something to check out. We have a Cal, and it's a great boat. But, for cruising between the Hawaiian Islands(rough water), I ride with my friend on an Cheoy Lee Offshore 41. 20 tons displacement,3/4 cutaway keel and barn door rudder. A liitle more protection against things that bump in the night. My opinion is heavy displacement and manageable sail plans is best. As for Hawaii, you'd be moored on the South shore during the good surfing months(winter) as there are no good, safe anchorages on the North Shore. 25 grand will get you a boat (probably 30 years old)that could do what you're planning, but getting it ready would be another 15, with new rigging , engine overhaul and any other essentials you will need. My opinion only. I hope that you guys get to do it. Good Luck.