I hope to retire from working construction in the next 3-4 years and plan to retire on a sailboat in the NW .. and cruise when possible .. Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska. After visiting friends in the Olympia, Tacoma, Bremerton areas I am again in love with the Boat life. I lived aboard in South Fla in the 90's for about 6 years w/ my dog, before being transferred to VA, and loved it. Was a power boat then, 34' Silverton, and popping out to John PennyCamp for diving on a regular basis was awesome. Now I'm in CO and though I love it, can see no way to retire here as the cost is insane. I do love mountaineering so being near Rainier, Hood, etc is another bonus for the NW. Yea, it rains, I know.
Unfortunately my budget is small and last winter got smaller. We had no work at all here and I burned through $5000 in savings (boat money) sitting in sub freezing temps just waiting .. really sucked. Do not want to repeat that this winter. I want to be ready to move as soon as work dies, probably Dec/Jan. I'd like to go out now/soon and get my boat setup in a marina ready for me when I go. There were job openings in that area all winter last year, I just wasn't prepared to move at the time. I'm a Tinner by trade (HVAC) and with 30+ yrs exp can always find work if there is work.
I have a $10,000 budget and need something I can live on, in a marina, full time with my dog (lab). A decent galley is a must. I am looking as small as 27', though really would like to stay in the 30'-33' range. I need to be able to singlehand her. I'll eventually want to cruise to Mex and Hawaii. If I can find something now that will meet my current needs and those future needs, great, though I may just have to upgrade sometime down the road for that.
Your thoughts on these prospects, all things being equal ...
'69 Ericson 32 Atomic 4 - $9000
'74 cal 29 Atomic 4 - $10000
'75 Islander 30 II Beta 14 - $10000
'68 Mercator Volvo md2a - $10000
'74 Cal 3-30 Westerbeke 15hp - $10000
'79 Islander Bahama 30 ??? - $10000
?? Newport 30 Atomic 4 - $10500
'71 Ta Chiao Ketch $12000 (had to add it for the 'cool' factor)
Some have Atomic 4 Gas engines so not as practical for going long distance or for resale but my budget may require some compromise. I guess a liveaboard that I can -really- learn to sail on is my priority.
I'm very capable fixing/repairing/upgrading things, though won't hesitate to farm it out when needed. I make good money, when working and can do a lot of upgrading as I go .. but don't want to start w/ a junker of course.