March 25, 2013 5:43 AM Subscribe
A friend and I are looking into buying a boat and living on it whilst sailing around Europe next year, I understand that there are going to be a lot of challenges, but the first one: is it financially viable.
posted by Ned G to sports, hobbies, & recreation (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I imagine we'll have around £5,000 in savings altogether at the start of the trip, and we'd like to get a sailing yacht somewhere in the 24 foot - 30 foot range. The plan is to sail to the Mediterranean, not worry about jobs, live a hand to mouth existence, and have a bit of adventure. I understand it won't be utopic, but for now I'd like to focus on the practical issues surrounding buying it.
We are not averse to doing hard work ourselves, or living in a fair amount of squalor or discomfort. We also should have a place where we can store and work on the boat for free / minimal charge in the UK before we embark on the journey. Although we have experience of sailing inland, neither of us has done much on the sea.
I guess the question boils down to 4 parts:
- Is a 24 foot sailer going to be suitable for living on for a whole year (for two early 20's males)?
- What things are worth looking out for when buying one?
- Is it best to buy in the UK where we're based, or in the Med, where we'd like to get to eventually
- Is our budget realistic?
Any advice or anecdotes appreciated, thanks in advance!