Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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I think you need to clarify (for yourself not particularly for us) what you mean by go 'anywhere, everywhere'. If you want to have a really solid, bluewater boat with your budget I don't think you are looking in the 33 - 34' range unfortunately. Keep in mind that after purchase you will have to spend a lot on upgrades for bluewater - self-steering and ground tackle alone could be $5000 and that is just a start. I understand what you are saying about wanting space, but the people I have seen cruising on a really small budget have had boats like Vegas and Bristol 27s which are quite tiny from a comfort, point of view but solid.
if you redefine go anywhere, bluewater to mean you want to go the Caribbean or somthing like that, it becomes easier financially because you don't need the same equipment. Similarly with your weekly budget, it might be fine in some areas (hope you can fish and like to eat them) but a problem in some other areas - for example, government costs in some countries can be $500+.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.