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Old 07-07-2016, 07:58 PM   #21
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Heck...many boat can do the trip...

Having flown over a lot of the area...third world type boats abound.....and "most" survive.

Take any boat and modify it enough...and it can do what you want till you get small enough it just can't carry enough fuel, food and water.

But as usual, money makes things happen. If limited money, options are limited.

Again...I prefer power to cruise, but the budget you described and voyages you have planned, sail is a better idea as several have indicated. For both safety and comfort.

Till you get beat up by trade wind chop....you haven't been there. Sure you can fit Para vanes on almost snything..but your budget is rock bottom for your travel plans.

Otherwise, buy any less than 36 trawler with a recent engine rebuild, a lot of duct tape and go for it.

Please save around $250 for at least a PLB.
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Old 07-08-2016, 05:16 AM   #22
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Going from 30k to 50k doesn't make the boat 40% more reliable. Things break on boats. Old boats, new boats, it doesn't matter. Stuff breaks. True, the older the boat the sooner stuff may break, but no way to tell. If you have the skills, temperament, and experience to fix the stuff that breaks then you could do it. It is just not anything I would choose to attempt.

I think 100-150,000 would be a much more reasonable budget for your intended use. Otherwise you will be spending more time fixing than enjoying, and also more space would be better. I would focus on 38-40'.
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:32 AM   #23
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The hassle is the vast majority of US boats are built, outfitted for marina use.

A trawler in the Carib. would most likely anchor out much of the time , as marinas are expensive .

Water , refrigeration and all the usual lifestyle requirements abound.

It can cost many thousands to reoutfit the vessel for non dockside living.

Look at every boat and decide , how would I live aboard for at least 2 weeks , self sufficient., a month a goal.

With good hunting about 35 ft of TT can be done for under $20K

BUT ! things like deck leaks, PH window leaks and bad fuel tanks will be evident.

The boat will not have the scantlings for serious ocean work , so you will have to be VERY careful.

If you get "caught out" you will be in a survival situation.
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"A year or two off?" I guess we left that one out of our plans.
We have lots of family abroad and we want to travel extensively globally. It ain't all about the Western Hemisphere you know!
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We have lots of family abroad and we want to travel extensively globally. It ain't all about the Western Hemisphere you know!
Ship your boat across....lol
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:34 AM   #26
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Hi guys,


Fantastic input from all types of boaters/habits I really enjoy this.
Thanks for having the balance between all elements. I see some guys have a tougher approach to yachting and some have fantastic passage makers.... Not the same security margins for sure.
I see a lot for myself on the plans.


Just a point what about letting the ship a few months in a harbour ( fly home and come back after) ?
other question : is there a capacity to sell the ship once around Trinidad Barbados or Granada ?
thanks
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...other question : is there a capacity to sell the ship once around Trinidad Barbados or Granada ? thanks
Yes, in Trinidad and Grenada. Both have large dry storage yards, numerous marine services and there are always a few boats for sale although mostly sailboats.

Here's a link for the yacht services organization in Trinidad.

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To sell it in Trinidad you may need to import/register it there, and that can be quite a process for a non-resident. Notice I said, "may" and "can be" as with many things there, it's not always consistent.
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To sell it in Trinidad you may need to import/register it there, and that can be quite a process for a non-resident. Notice I said, "may" and "can be" as with many things there, it's not always consistent.
In Trinidad you can buy about any flagged yacht, notting special over there. Same counts for Rio Dulce..
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Hi guys,

Fantastic input from all types of boaters/habits I really enjoy this.
Thanks for having the balance between all elements. I see some guys have a tougher approach to yachting and some have fantastic passage makers.... Not the same security margins for sure.
I see a lot for myself on the plans.

Just a point what about letting the ship a few months in a harbour ( fly home and come back after) ?
other question : is there a capacity to sell the ship once around Trinidad Barbados or Granada ?
thanks
I don't presume you are interrested in repairing leaking windows, just get her ready to go and enyoy the Carebean. I my opinon yo can be on the water for about US 30 - 40.000

See my privious post about Trinidad.
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