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I am looking at a boat in WA state. I live in FL. I do not want to spend couple of thousand dollars for transportation. I would prefer sail to Florida. What it is the best "friendly" route. Time does not matter.
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Really only one route—down the west coast, through the Panama Canal and then through the Gulf of Mexico. However, be aware that such a route would take a fair amount of time, and the fees for the Panama Canal alone are probably upwards of $1500.

There are also possible problems with pirates along parts of Mexico, Central and South America.

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Any navigational 5 feet deep canal to cut trough Mexico? That route is "not friendly". I do not mind to put the mast down and motor if that will get me trough. $1500 to get trough Panama? That is what I would call a piracy. For thousand more, I my be able to get it to TX and sail across gulf.
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I found 42 steel boat in good shape(claim) fro $39,000. It is hard to find steel boat on east coast for small price( less that 50,000). There are few of them in junk yard, but I have no idea of how to weld. Maybe is time to learn?
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I found 42 steel boat in good shape(claim) fro $39,000. It is hard to find steel boat on east coast for small price( less that 50,000). There are few of them in junk yard, but I have no idea of how to weld. Maybe is time to learn?
I hear you have to watch out for used steel boats, I don't know much about them personally. I have a friend at my marina who says he would not buy a used steel boat, I guess they can have issues with the steel or something.

Are you getting a survey?
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Getting a used steel boat can be a real issue. Unless you have some knowledge about steel boats, I'd recommend you do some research on them before making any decisions. You'll want a surveyor that specializes in steel boats.

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Any navigational 5 feet deep canal to cut trough Mexico?
Trouble with that is there are a lot of mountains and high elevations in the way. Agricultural canals, sure, but they're reliant on gravity, not locks, for elevation change. Panama, truck, or bust.

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If time is no issue, try to find a trucking company from TX that is making a delivery near WA and negotiate a good price to provide them a load on the way back. This works, but it has to be on their schedule.
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Thanks. The steel rust, but with surveyor specialize in steel, will tell me if I had a good boat or not. The biggest problem with rust is from inside. If the boat was properly maintain, then it should be ok. Will see when get oh hard.
There are 3 (what I found) steel boat in FL and very cheep (between $5000 - $8000) but all of them require welding. It could be cheaper to hire a expert and let him fix the hull. Then rip out the inside and coat the steel. Steel is the best when goes to rough weather. I am not planing to be sitting at marina after is done. Way too many places to explore.
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