NoMaker 1 Posted August 12, 2021 Share Posted August 12, 2021 Howdy guys and gals, As I'm sure has been common in the last year, having closed borders has made me want to see a bit more of my own country and do something new. I am fortunate to be young and have very little commitments other than going back to university at the end of summer. I've been travelling the last few years and have a little bit of coin and I've decided that I want to turn that into no coin and by a boat (lol) and learn some new skills, spend the summer on the water. I've managed to sell a few friends on the idea, which will give me the opportunity to share the adventures, the costs, and the responsibility for the inevitable mistakes. We are still in the research phase of deciding what would be suitable, how much we should spend, where we would like to go etc. I am originally from Whangarei so it is likely we would like to spend the summer between Northland and Coromandel, and hopefully out to Great Barrier at some point. Ideally we would like to have room for four of us to liveaboard for most of the summer, and a bit of extra space for the odd guest. We have no delusions about personal space and are fine living cramped together, as our budget will likely dictate. We have a couple vessels in mind already, from perusing TradeMe - I will link them down below if anyone wants to point out any obvious holes in our plans. My questions to you fine folk if you would be willing to depart with some wisdom; For a start, most of us have very minimal sailing experience, assuming none might be better. Is this a terrible idea to buy a boat and teach ourselves? We are looking for something in the 9 - 11m size to accomodate us, are there any obvious things we should avoid, particularly for new sailors, or maybe somethings that we should seek out that would make learning a bit easier? Hull Construction / Design? As far as due diligence before buying a boat, is it highly recommended we get the boat professionally surveyed before buying? Following that, do insurers generally require that a boat be recently surveyed to insure it? Does anyone know the general cost of a survey, and does it have to be hauled out to be surveyed? Buying something in Northland or Auckland would be a hellofalot easier for us, but our favourite pick at the moment is based in Picton. Presuming we could play around the sounds for a few weeks learning, is it an extremely stupid idea that we try and sail it up the North Island? What are the big stingers as far as things breaking? Obviously anything to do with the stucture of the boat won't be cheap, nor the engine. Where I'm unsure are the things like sails, winches, anchors, nav equipment etc. Any wisdom around what to look for to ensure they're in good order, and how expensive repairs can get would be very appreciated Our budget is around 15 -20k total including cost of the boat, operating and a maintenance fund. I realize its not much, we're not looking for luxury or a boat that will last us 20 years. I realise I'm asking alot. Any information you could provide would be a great help. Thanks, Gabriel https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/boats-marine/yachts/keeler/listing/3218086059 https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/boats-marine/yachts/keeler/listing/3193292637?bof=Z8s5yCGY Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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