TC and Eryka, Props.
Right now I need to remember to balance on this point. I know if I'm not careful, I can end up back in debt quick. I also lost my job, and quite frankly, I'm not sure if I want to go back into the same industry, so I might be starting some other career path, hopefully one which doesn't have me chained to a desk, but consequently something that probably won't let me make as much money as quickly.
I had a fair amount in savings, but after putting a fair bit into prep for a trip on someone elses boat, which feel through, and making some emergency loans to friends, and paying off all my debts, as being unemployed and debt free is a really easy situation, but being unemployed and in debt is an ulcer waiting to happen, well, I've got plenty to keep me on my feet till I decide what I'm doing and get a new job, etc etc etc... ok, now I'm just ranting.
I'm sorely tempted to go out and spend my last $5k on some cheap Catalina 27, and do the sneak-aboard thing, or just push off for Mexico, and find work telecommuting for not much money. I know people who've done that and made it work for them, but I like to think that if I force myself to keep my head down, save up some money, and come up with a real income stream, (not sure how yet) or at least a decent nest egg, then I'll be able to go sailing with much more comfort and self-confidence.
Go Small, Go now works. I've seen it.
But Go Small, go after getting a little saved up and have spent time sailing locally and fixing the boat up to suit seems so much nicer.
I think if I can get myself to the point where I'm living on the boat, and don't have an out, I'll make it happen, but I'm not going to do that until I'm ready to do it right.
I've quit looking for the perfect boat, and quit trying to decide what I need or don't need, or what dimensions I can live with etc, and have decided that when I've got a bit of cash saved up, I'll start looking, and the boat I find that's in good condition and fits, will fit. When you're buying on a budget, that seems to be how it happens anyway.
But enough ranting, here in Sri Lanka it's bedtime.
Happy hunting to the rest of you.