Re: Advice on a Caribbean Cruiser
OK, you are going to like none of this.
Forget the Carib 1500. IMHO its nuts even for a well found vessel with an experienced crew. I have helped out vessels that have been on this trip and the stories are "interesting", in the Chinese sense of the world.
I presume that your plan would be to buy a boat for $50K and sell it after a year for +/- $50K. Ooookay. How much of the $50K are you prepared to loose?
One year in the Caribbean. I did it in two and it was rushed AND I started in the Caribbean. Consider just doing the Bahamas.
Now the good news; One family I know managed to "borrow" a 42ft boat from an owner who was not using it, for the price of a number of "upgrades". They were at pains to point out that it was NOT a charter because of legal implications. It worked out very well for them. It would require a hell of a lot of trust on both sides as well as some legal advice. I'm not sure what it cost them but I would imagine you should plan to drop $10-20K on the upgrades and fully insure the vessel, have before and after surveys etc. Its a long shot finding the right owner.
Best of luck with your plans
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