I may be delving into a matter quite often discussed, but like many around here I'm flipping the calendar pages, pen in hand, trying to decide where to mark "depart." We want to primarily cruise the caribbean. We will be departing from Tampa Bay and will have a decent amount of time allowing for weather windows, etc. There will two of us for the duration, with visitors for short periods of time.
I've dumping as much as possible in my savings, working my ass off, and reading everything everything I can. (when I'm not sailing)
As I'm working on my boat, though, I'm wondering how much I should really be investing. I currently own an Ericson 29
During my dreaming, I always pictured us in something more along the lines of a:
Baba 30, PS Mariah 31, Island Packet 29 or 31, Westsail 32, Tashiba 31, PS Orion 27 mk2, Allied seawind II cutter, or weatherly 32.
The Ericson is none of these. It would need a reasonably significant investment to fully equip it for cruising. It is, however, in good shape. It has a low hour universal diesel and newish sails. Most of all I already own it
By taking the Ericson, I could effectively move my departure date up substantially. Can she take it? Go small and go now?