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Hello, I have decided to retire at 57 and sail the Caribbean for the next 10 years or so. So I have 2 years to sell everything that will not fit aboard and find a suitable boat. So as I start to educate myself I find there are more sailboats for sale than used cars. I see myself settling in on something around 40' to 45' or so. I see Hunters for sale everywhere followed by many Beneteaus. We are not going to cross the ocean ...
You began with "I" but brought in "we" and unless you're referring to you and the boat, I strongly suggest that whoever you are planning to share this adventure with become part of the decision process and learning process from the beginning. If there is more than just you and you don't include your partner, you risk creating problems down the road.
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eherlihy: Agree with sailing the Caribbean on charter and plan to do so but logistics will only allow a couple weeks a summer for the next two summers. Great lakes is 2 hours away which will allow sailing every other weekend or so.

Lake Superior Sailor/Krisscross: I have been doing the land yacht thingy which is nice but all destinations end up parking like saltine crackers at a campground... not my cup of tea. I will not do marina's for the same reason.

My reasoning on 40'-ish is to have enough room for the occasional visitors as well as not wanting to be like a plastic pop bottle in the wind. If they are properly rigged my research leads me to believe they can be handled by a couple... It must be able in a pinch to be sailed by 1 in case of injury/overboard.

Faster/Minnewaska/Don0190: The wolf has also never sailed. We have floated rivers in canoes for week at a time making and breaking camp everyday. We have rented 50' houseboats for 2-4 weeks at a time on lake of the woods. Yeah I know just a floating hotel with a motor but... living on the hook anchoring in a different bay each night is what gave us the idea of retiring at sea. We have owned fishing boats since we were teenagers and spend every weekend possible on water for the last 30 years.

Budget: Up to $150,000 with and additional $25,000 for repairs re-rigging. Would obviously like to spend less but this is the upper limit. My research leads me to believe a roller furling headsail and roller furling beam and mainsail are the most forgiving.

I picked the S.S. Minnow as I knew it would catch everybody's attention. My Ginger is only 54 and is still Hot as Hell. Ginger not so much anymore. But hey she has made it to 82 good for her... I will not.
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Your call, but she's 82 now. She's one of the few from the cast that is still kicking though.
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Re: Newbie looking for advice.

Listen, first of all, if you're going all Gilligan you need to decide between Mary Ann and Ginger. Leave Thurston Howell and Lovey behind, although the professor could be useful when things break since he can build anything from bamboo, like when you need a series drogue and fedex doesn't ship to your desert island.

Good that you've spent a few weeks power boat cruising and camping as a couple, that's more than a lot of people have and at least you know you can do it for a while. If possible, before committing to the lifestyle full time, it would be helpful to spend even more time at it. I found there's a big difference between a few weeks on vacation and a few months living aboard. Making sure you really, really are right for this before selling the farm. We absolutely love sailing, but after a month or 2 we are eager to get on land and see friends and family. Everyone's different in this regard. We have friends who sailed off and never looked back.

Lot's of different boats can work for what you are planning. Least of your worries IMHO.
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Your plan looks like mine, i still have a few years to work so to gain experience I bought a smaller boat, 26 footer, will sail this smaller boat for a few years on weekends and if we like it as much as I think we will then buy a bigger boat for the retierment. It would freak me out to realize we sold the house to buy a boat and not like it. Selling a 10K boat is a lot easier then a 153K boat and have to wait to sell it to buy a camper. Good luck with your project.
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Listen, first of all, if you're going all Gilligan you need to decide between Mary Ann and Ginger. .....
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Mary Ann every time....
I think she's the only other survivor from the cast. 5 years younger than Ginger. You go for the young ones do you.......

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Mary Ann every other time for me.

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Re: Newbie looking for advice.

There are some good learn to sail liveaboard courses on the Great Lakes, wherever is convenient for you. If you're in the US, you probably want the ASA 101/103. I'd start with one of those (both you and your Ginger/Mary Anne).

Find one using a boat similar to what you're looking at. Shouldn't be too tough to find a Beneteau, Jeanneau, Hunter or Catalina (or anything modern and readily available on yachtworld). It doesn't have to be 40' to get a feel for some of the features. It's a lot cheaper to learn that you don't like something about a boat if you don't have to buy it first.

Here's an example (I don't know this company, just showing what I'd be looking for): ASA 101/103 Stay & Learn


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