The Starting-Out Boat - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Contributing Authors > Buying a Boat Articles
 Not a Member? 


Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-30-2000
Contributing Authors
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 536
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Sue & Larry is on a distinguished road
The Starting-Out Boat

What boat size is adequate for two people to live on and sail long distances safely? How safe is a 25-year-old boat? Is it common for world sailors to settle back into living on land and sell their boat? How much do you think it would take to get started?

Brian McVickers

Sue and Larry respond:

Hi Brian,

Here are some answers to your questions.

Generally the larger the boat, the faster and more comfortable ocean passages will be. Most boats, if properly equipped and rigged, should be able to handle 20-foot seas without a problem. There are people on all size boats everywhere. Generally it isn't the boat; it's the people that are the weak link.

A 25-year-old boat, however, will be in need of a complete refit if not already done. We mean electric, plumbing, rigging, chain plates, engine, etc. After all this is done, it's as good as a new boat.

Finding a boat is hard work. Today, there are more cruising boats for sale in Florida than probably any other place in North America. It is very common to find boats such as you describe in places like Ft. Lauderdale. Another plus is that you can test sail them 12 months a year.

Once you buy your boat, it's very easy to spend another $20,000 outfitting it. Then, you'll realistically need $1,000/month for living expenses. This monthly figure does not allow for major breakdowns that will happen along the way. Work is possible to find, but usually low paying jobs. Nothing is impossible, but your budget for boat, prep, and first year living needs to be adequate.

Good luck with your dream,

Sue and Larry

Quick reply to this message
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

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

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:55 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.