I'm going backwards in more than one way, as I posted in the fin v. full keel thread
(post 291)minutes ago. Basically, I an slowly sorting through the variables involved in purchasing a good old boat, for a passage from Hawaii (or possibly the NA West Coast via Hawaii) to Kyushu, Japan, where I live.
My budget is up to around $25K for the boat -- I was thinking I could find something in the range of 30'-34', with 31'-33' being nice.
The used boat market is quite limited here in Japan (especially in my area), with few foreign boats represented -- and these are very pricey. If a Yamaha were suitable, it would be the Y-31C (not exported to NA). Here is a picture of a Yamaha 31C keel
(+ detached rudder). LWL: 8.7m(28'7"), Beam 3.37m(11'), Displacement: 3,350Kg(7370 lbs), Ballast 1,200Kg(2640 lbs).
Any thoughts on possibilities for use for a a couple of weeks at a time offshore? I was thinking: not a good idea.
My sailing experience is that I grew up racing lasers (not seriously) and crewing on larger boats, occasionally, in the summer (L.I.S.). I presently crew on a 37' Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, mostly coastal sailing in the Japan Sea.
So, I am considering a more substantial voyage, which would involve sailing from Hawaii, or the West Coast, to Japan -- this idea has an appeal larger than just boat delivery. The Honolulu market being quite limited, I am considering also California for a possible purchase (I used to live in LA, have a friend in San Diego, etc.).
Any thoughts or advice you have would be very helpful, thank you.