Does this seem possible? - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 01-26-2012 Thread Starter
Junior Member
AKAPeterc's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Newcastle. Australia
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Send a message via Skype™ to AKAPeterc
Does this seem possible?

I am planing on going to the USA in July 2013, purchasing a yacht and joining the 2014 World ARC Round the World Rally back to Australia.

I have a budget of $190k so I am looking at purchasing a yacht for $150K and allowing $40K to spend on setting up the yacht ready for a trip across the pacific. I assume I will need a water maker, new rigging & nav gear.

I plan to purchase in Florida which gives me 6 months to purchase, setup and sail down to St Lucia.

I plan on living aboard with my teenage foster child. ( I will be 55 ) I have been thinking of purchasing a Hunter 45 or perhaps a Catalina 42. Do you think this is all doable or am I dreaming.

I am going to Florida this July 2012 for a holiday and allowing a few days in Miami to scout out the area. Has anyone also got any ideas on who would be best to suss out on this scouting trip eg: brokers & surveyors. Thanks for any advice
AKAPeterc is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 01-26-2012
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 132
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 4
I am far from an offshore Pacific sailor, but when I think of Catalina's and Hunters I think near coastal sailors. I am not sure that structurally they are ready for whatever the ocean can throw at it. You might be better off looking for a older blue water cruiser to make the trip with.

Schock - New York 36
Portsmouth, RI
mm2187 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 01-26-2012
Senior Member
kd3pc's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
Posts: 1,389
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 9
you can do it on a hunter or a cat, other have and done quite well.... A lot of the success (or failure) will depend on you, your skills, your crew and how well prepared the boat is.

But likely not on your budget.
kd3pc is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 01-26-2012
Bombay Explorer 44
TQA's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,937
Thanks: 0
Thanked 79 Times in 75 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Well doable on your budget.

BUT why not buy in Trinidad or some where in the windward/leeward chain?, all the necessary services are there and you don't have the serious upwind bash necessary to get from Florida to St Lucia. [THIS IS NOT A TRIVIAL SAIL!] if you like steel

Dynamite Marine Ltd (Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago) for GRP

I would go in either of the above in preferance to the boats you mentioned. However Hunters and Catalinas have made the trip.
TQA is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome