So Hi, just introducing my little self.
I've been wanting to sail away from USA for years, so in August my husband sent me off to sailing school for ASA 101, 103, 104. Best time I've ever had! And I have a lot of good times.
We have 3 kids and want to move to the Dominican Republic. Of course we have to sail there, which means getting a boat and living aboard while we get ready. I honestly can't imagine my 2 year old living on a boat for long. And as noisy as he is, I don't imagine any marina will let us stay for long.
So we really just want a boat that can get us there, nothing super fancy for long term comforts. We lived in a 30ft RV (no slides) for 5 years, which is equivalent to a 34' monohul, so I am thinking something that size will be feel like home.
Anyway, we don't know where to start. Do we want a steel boat, or what material? For going from Texas across the gulf over to DR, do we want a shallow draft? What the heck should we look for and where do we look? What are the most important features to require? We don't really want to spend more than 20k on the total boat set-up, and of course cheaper is good. All we really need is to float for a couple months while we make the transition, but of course I want something that we can have fun in long term.
I love reading the forums, and am happy to say hello!