UPDATED 6/27/2015: HOLY SHIP! WE ARE BUYING A BOAT!
The Boat” is a moving target. We have laid down some “must haves”, some “if at all possible”, some “nice to haves”, and finally some “that would be cool” requirements. However, from one day to the next the “perfect” boat changes. Granted, by definition there is no such thing as the “perfect boat” because there will always be compromises. It is a matter of what you are willing to compromise on. I will go into more details on our requirements and decisions later when I have more time to update/complete this page.
The Potential Candidates (In no particular order):
The “Want” Gear List (by no means a complete list and also in no particular order): UPDATE: The items that are X’d are not on the boat we are buying, the items that are √’d ARE on the boat we are buying.
X Air Conditioner (Maybe, maybe not…this could be low on the list…really depends on the situation/plan)
√ Lots and lots of solar panels. (The less we need diesel the better.)
X Teak Decking on transoms & cockpit (Not high on the list but I just love teak.)
√ Water Maker (This should be on a must have list.)
Apparently, we only wanted four items when we originally made the above list. You can tell we didn’t have a clue, but I can say with certainty, there were a few more “must have” and “really, really, want” items on our list as we narrowed down our options:
√ A boat that has never been chartered
√ Dinghy (those are not cheap and are considered the family car)
√ Location in U.S. (east coast) or Caribbean
We’ll update again once the boat is OURS!