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Internet via satellite should be the next big thing for boats once they perfect it. I would say by next year major improvements will have been made. It wasn't that long ago that none of us had WIFI at our marinas or bluetooth. If they can get it to work on multiple satellites like a GPS does it should solve the problem.

I think you have the right idea of running an on-line business, it is a bright future as long as you have the right model. Good luck to you.
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Thanks seamonkey it's nice to hear one thing I am doing among all the things I am doing wrong or havent considered yet.....thanks for all the advice guys keep it coming.
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You need to give good consideration to how much room your wife needs for the jewelry making. If not much, then a small $50,000 sailboat will do. If you need more room for all the tools & supplies then you might need a bigger boat for more money.

As for selling her stuff, you might need a stateside seller to handle the biz. Make plenty of jewelry during your 6 month stay in the Bahamas, then come back to the US and ship it all to your reseller to sell however that works for you. If you want to ship direct from the boat, you will probably want to stay in the US where UPS will be close at hand. I've noticed that many e-bay sales are make or break based on the shipping cost. Staying coastal US will also give you access to cell phone data plans so you can keep connected 24/7 for about $50/month almost everywhere on the US east coast with decent speeds.

I don't think there's a huge price/operating cost difference between a 40' sail & a 35' trawler. Trawlers do tend to cost more for most calculations. But that is dependant on where and how much you cruise. As fuel keeps going up that will get worse.
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What you think about globe wireless (www.seawave.com), does someone use it?

I dont need 100mb/s flat rate connection, just for check mail and bank transactions, pay bills, etc..

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Lancer28-great post.

jcook-It seems to me that you are asking a very basic question and would like a very basic answer. The answer is: Yes! You can do it, and you can do it on a fairly small boat on a fairly small budget. For example, you can find a very decent boat for 30k, then put 20k into new stuff including electronics. If you've got the dream, the desire, and the skills, you can make it work. The main piece of advice I would give you is to get your business rock solid before you go. You don't want to be out there and find out that there is no demand for your product.
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Just to throw some fuel on the fire, Perhaps an older 1960's era (avoid the later 1970's version which neither sailed or motored as well as the earlier design) Chris Craft 35 Motorsailor would be the hot ticket. You could live in the main cabin rather comfortably and convert the aft cabin to a workshop office for your wife and yourself. These were essentially displacement motor yachts that sailed quite well for their day. Of course, if you insist on diesel then the trick will be to find one with a diesel since they originally all had gas engines.

Here is a link to one: http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...=en&slim=quick&

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Nice! (I can smell the mildew from here. )
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Another possibility in the affordable trawler/motorsailor segment is the Schuckers, more than $50k, but less than 100k. Full displacement, lots of fuel, nice layout for a couple. Bruce van Sant used one without the mast as a trawler for years between FL and the Carribean. I was considering one till I decided I wanted to go more on the sail end of the spectrum.
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