where we’re at

realistically, there is a huge plan to be laid out when taking off on such an adventure. for years, we’ve made mental lists of remote, tropical locations, noted unspoiled and/or endangered flora and fauna to be seen. i’ve lusted after residencies in sun drenched italy or misty ireland, while kevin poured over blog after blog of cruisers in “preparation”.

now it’s time for rubber to meet the road. so while you’ve been pondering “what’s next?”, we’ve been busy busy busy. i’ve been developing massive changes to this site. creating a shop page, details on “the plan”, developing plans for “the book”, and on and on. there’s the route. putting together those mental lists into actual destinations and working up a map for you to follow. and the important part – the actual boat.

our practice boat

what do we need in a boat? in the beginning, we thought a boat somewhere in the neighborhood of 40′ would be a good sized. long enough for safe passage across the oceans, but easily handled by two and not too pricey would fall in that range. something with a shorter draft would be good so we don’t have to be too concerned about shallow mooring. we’d love, love, love a catamaran, but we are talking an artist’s budget. the length of the boat also determines all kinds of fees – mooring, canal passage, etc. lately however, while looking at different boats, the idea has occurred to us that if we had something slightly larger, a second berth could be converted into studio storage. although i’m not planning on taking the wax supplies with me, there are other supplies and tools i’d like to take along. and there’s the remote possibility of picking up new tools along the way. cough, cough! and there will be space needed to accomodate the world’s slowest art delivery service. while we were leaning towards a 36-42′ pedrick or maybe a c&c, the thought of having a v-berth in the forepeak has a certain appeal.

whatever we end up with, we’re anticipating extensive fixing up and renovations along the way.  based on the experience and expenses of pat, ali and crew at bumfuzzle, our preliminary budget looks something like this:

  • $48,000          boat
  • $8,000            miscellaneous boat bits
  • $7,500            new sails, main lazy bag and shipment
  • $5,400            autopilot with installation
  • $3,000            dodger (welder and canvas)
  • $2,700            canvas sunshades
  • $2,600            backup outboard motor
  • $2,045            new hyphalon RIB
  • $1,900            ticktack wind/speed/depth
  • $1,335            new batters and starter
  • $1,060            300′ chain
  • $960               lines, rigging
  • $925               companionway hatch
  • $710               EPIRB (emergency stuff)
  • $700               engine parts
  • $700               inverter
  • $650               refrigeration service/parts
  • $750               lifelines and cat overboard prevention nets
  • $450              charts

so we’re looking somewhere around $90,000. that being said, feel free to buy some art. please!

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  • Holliewould

    For shit sake sister!!! That is a lot of $$$. I mean if you have it then go for it! But to indulge in a 48.000$ hull and a build along floating/sailing home… wait. Have you ever lived on a boat before? Please say “yes”. 🙂 40′ is bigger than my home at 1800$ in monthly rent. Wow! I’m confused about the “practice” boat though. I am gonna huh some art now.

  • sorry so slow in responding, hollie! i wrote up a response, hit enter and lost internet. it’s been no fun around here, but back to your comments…

    lol, i know! it’s a bit of sticker shock. obviously we’re going to try and come in lower on the price of the boat itself. this price is based on what someone else we know has done, but that’s not really a shocking price. we’re looking at 30-40 year old boats – nothing fancy. and no, we’ve never lived on a boat before. it’s so exciting, something so completely newt we both have such a strong affinity for the water, not going to be a problem. how to do things? that make take a bit. we’re also going to be greening it up, so there are expenses there – composting heads, solar panels, etc.

    the practice boat is the boat we have right now on the lake, so learn a bit of sailing in the meantime. it’s a 26′ ericson and a lovely boat. lol, i know! it’s a bit of sticker shock. obviously we’re going to try and come in lower on the price of the boat itself. this price is based on what someone else we know has done, but that’s not really a shocking price. we’re looking at 30-40 year old boats – nothing fancy. and no, we’ve never lived on a boat before. it’s so exciting, something so completely newt we both have such a strong affinity for the water, not going to be a problem. how to do things? that make take a bit. we’re also going to be greening it up, so there are expenses there – composting heads, solar panels, etc.

    the practice boat is the boat we have right now on the lake, so learn a bit of sailing in the meantime. it’s a 26′ ericson and a lovely boat. 

  • Holliewould

    Its not not your list but there is a 30 ft mast for sale down here. Its on craigslist.

  • Sshutan

    wow natalie..when do you plan to go? Perhaps you can rent someones boat for 6 mo-1 year to see if you like this sort of thing first before making that whopping investment? Will you said close to shore or abroad? Lots to learn about the sea and then there is somalia and pirates..

  • admin-natalie

    wow, we didn’t even think of renting a boat. i’m afraid that would be pretty expensive, but worth considering. i’ll mention it to kevin. although we’ll stay somewhat close to shore, making frequent stops, we’re definitely going abroad. i think we’re going to go down the eastern coast of north america, down south america to tierra del fuego. from there, i’m not sure what we’ll do. it’s a pretty shocking trip around the southern tip of the continent, and we’d miss a great deal of the western side of south america, so i think we’ll end up going back up through the panama canal. the route is still being worked out. we are anticipating a fall departure next year, to time it properly with hurricane season. i’m not quite as optimistic as kevin, however, with early fall. the undesirables seem to be diminishing lately, although who could say what they will do in the future. we’re keeping an eye on it though.

  • wow, we didn’t even think of renting a boat. i’m afraid that would be pretty expensive, but worth considering. i’ll mention it to kevin. although we’ll stay somewhat close to shore, making frequent stops, we’re definitely going abroad. i think we’re going to go down the eastern coast of north america, down south america to tierra del fuego. from there, i’m not sure what we’ll do. it’s a pretty shocking trip around the southern tip of the continent, and we’d miss a great deal of the western side of south america, so i think we’ll end up going back up through the panama canal. the route is still being worked out. we are anticipating a fall departure next year, to time it properly with hurricane season. i’m not quite as optimistic as kevin, however, with early fall. the undesirables seem to be diminishing lately, although who could say what they will do in the future. we’re keeping an eye on it though.