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Try breaking your goals into individual major components and then develop a list of tasks or questions that need answers for each component.
1.) The Boat.
How many people must it accomodate...Size?
What is the Budget for purchase?
Purchase includes: taxes, registrations, re-fits and equipment required to outfit the vessel, airfares, hotel stays, surveys etc. what is the cruising budget after purchase?
2.) Location. Where to buy? Caribbean ( where in the caribbean?) The U.S ? Do you mean the US Virgin Islands?
3.) Legal issues, taxes, registrations, fees, visas, insurance, etc etc.
4.) What is your destination after the boat purchase is complete?
Define.. " long cruising trip"
5.) Desirable crew Experience....navigation, weather, sailing, anchoring, repairs and maintenance, storm management, rules of the road, tides and currents..communications ( VHF, SSB, Weather fax..etc.)
6.) Develop a timeline: What does ASAP mean? (Work expands to the time allotted.)
7.) last but not least....Hurricane Season...this might be another constraint..on your plan
This is a simple outline...as you get deeper into the " plan" each component will grow in the number of issues/questions/challenges that need to be resolved.
Hey, you could get lucky...and find a vessel that's ready to sail away tomorrow..
Last edited by tempest; 06-29-2011 at 08:24 AM.