welcome where are you located and when do you plan on actually sailing off into the sunset?
Not at all sure, right now. It's looking like I may be able to get an internet-centric job for a family friends' company soon, at which point I wouldn't be linked to one place anytime in the immediate futureóbut who knows what'll happen.
if several years away you may want to consider an older powerboat to live on. more space per length and cheaper per sq ft living space to purchase and moor in marina.
It's a line of thought I'll have to think about... what are the fuel costs like for short jaunts, though? Are there any types known for being really economical? I already get around by bicycle because I don't want to spend gas on a car...
The other thing that might worry me is resale value, though that seems to decrease slowly enough on well-maintained boats that I suppose it shouldn't.
what is your budget for a boat? here in the puget sound there are many liveaboards of both types in marinas and on the hook.
Really, really tentatively, somewhere in the 35k to 40k range at the moment, looking at loan payments combined with other costs. That might well change higher if I can get a better-paying job, though. I don't have a huge amount of income, but I live very frugally by default.
You're asking some of the right questions and reading the right things. But really, learn to sail on a small boat.
Sail Delmarva: The Merits of Learning to Sail on a Small Boat
Buy something small, make mistakes, and the big-boat stuff is easy to learn over time.
I am the kind of person to "jump in with both feet" with a lot of stuff, but I'm at least smart enough to worry about trying to singlehand anything, or working with a fellow boater I don't know well. So I'm thinking getting a solid single-handable sailing dinghy once I've picked up the fundamentals. There's a local small-boat sailing club that I'll be looking at signing up for events with once I've at least gotten my way through ASA 101 without killing myself .
One tricky thing is that I live on an inland river (a big one, but still inland), not the coast. So I don't have an easy way to pick up skills with coastal weather outside of prearranged jaunts thataways.