While we love our land-based nomadic lifestyle, Cherie and I have both long fantasized about taking to the high seas for some extended aquatic adventuring.
We’ve imagined someday running across a cruising couple who might want to “swap houses” for a few monhs – trading a chance to explore the open road in our land yacht while we spend some time getting our feet wet in theirs. Or we could dock our Oliver for a while, and maybe buy a boat of our own to begin exploring seasonally.
We’ve had cruising on our “hypothetical future adventures” list for as long as we’ve known each other, and individually the idea of a liveaboard sailboat has haunted us even longer.
It really isn’t so much a question of if, but when.
Thanks to the down economy, the used boat market is ripe with amazing deals right now. In some cases (as seen this week on Craigslist) people are literally giving old boats away – “haul it off our lot and you can have it”. And our dear friend and fellow technomad Steve Roberts and his partner Sky just scored an amazing deal on a liveaboard-worthy boat for well under $10k, adding a second boat to their technomadic flotilla and inspiring us with what is possible on even the tightest budget.
We dream of eventually joining Sky and Steve in a floating community, but first we need to figure out what sort of boat we want, and what we can afford. We aren’t anywhere close to being actively boat hunting, but if the perfect boat comes along in the next year or so we want to be ready to jump.
And until then, we can start learning, gaining some experience, and fantasizing about future adventures.
We are hoping to check out the latest and greatest in new boats (like the sweet looking Gemini 105Mc Catamaran) so that we can have a better sense for what we want in a used boat. Catamaran or monohull? How big? What things are must haves? What things could we do without?
You can only learn so much on the internet. But nothing can actually compare to actually standing onboard to get a sense for what feels right.
There are also a lot of interesting sounding seminars that we plan to check out.
We will report back next week on what we thought of the show. I am really interested in contrasting this giant boat show with the RV Show that we went to last month in St. Louis.
In the meantime, advice on all things nautical, and in particular things to see and check out at the boat show are appreciated. Are any of our readers out there past, present, or future cruisers?