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.

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!