There are a number of European vessels designed to do the sort of trips you are describing. They are shoal draft, either bilge keelers or board boats and the mast(s) are set up with tabernacles that enable one to lower the mast(s) with only the crew pretty easily; no crane or other help needed.Hmmm....at $800/ft, it would be $22400 to send my boat. I wonder if the cost is less for US to Europe. I'd love to find out but I would actually be embarassed to call them and ask what it would cost to send my $6000 value boat.
I want to do the trip from southern England up to the northern Lochs and across a canal to the west and then across to Ireland. Then a hop across the channel and up the coast to the Rhine and up the Rhine and other waterways and down the Danube to Turkey and then west along the Med and then thru the Canal du Midi. I want to do it on MY boat. It would be a multiyear trip done in Summers.
So, would it be better to ship my 28' boat or better to buy an older boat in the UK? There are some interesting Bilge Keel boats in the UK.
Different propositions for sure. I'm not convinced there is always a huge price difference, particularly if you can quantify the wear and tear.Fortunately for me lots of people do still prefer to have their yachts delivered under their own power...
If you had the $22k to spend on a delivery, why wouldn't you just buy another $6k boat in Europe and fit her out till your dreams came true?Hmmm....at $800/ft, it would be $22400 to send my boat. I wonder if the cost is less for US to Europe. I'd love to find out but I would actually be embarassed to call them and ask what it would cost to send my $6000 value boat.....
Never mind that it can be a 1200 mile beat in winds averaging 20 knots or so, and several hundred ships a day crossing your path.I can easily imagine using transport as an alternative to the Red Sea; I don't like bullet holes.
What is the downside to going around Africa?Never mind that it can be a 1200 mile beat in winds averaging 20 knots or so, and several hundred ships a day crossing your path.
If you are especially unlucky, your boat will get one side sandblasted (on steel ships it's to bare metal) if you get caught in a sandstorm in the canal.
Certainly no pleasant outing for the yachtsman, that.
No sweat, sounds like you'll be sailing the perfect boat for the Southern Indian Ocean, Aghulas Current, and the 'Cape of Storms'...
My wife and I plan to get a newish 45-55' production boat in 5 years or so for circumnavigation.
The boat we want is new(ish), 5 year old or less. We want the floating condo: big aft berth, big kitchen, lots of storage, on board diesel genset, dual or triple a/c's, furling sails, electric winches, ... We have no desire to purchase an old (er) 'bluewater boat' and refit it.