I have spent at least 9 hours today on Yachtworld.com, reviewing boats, figuring out realistic budgets, and researching each boat I've found to figure out it's long distance offshore cruising ability. It seems from a price point of view, purchasing in America is the cheapest place in the world. Europe has a few gems, and since I am already here (Germany) maybe it is the easiest. I have also found numerous books on the subject, and hope to find second hand copies:
- Handbook of Offshore Cruising: The Dream and Reality of Modern Ocean Cruising
- Ocean Cruising on a Budget Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors
- Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: A Guide to Essential Features, Handling, and Gear
- Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere
These books really made me feel like not everything is impossible. Sailing and yachts in general have an aura of expensive lifestyles behind them. I think it is just a fallacy by movie producers and watch makers. I think, chances are 90% of the worlds yachts are probably owned by normal people... While on the topic of books, I cannot forget to mention Jesse Martin who captured everbody's heart with his solo circumnavigation. I read this book five years ago. Thanks Jesse!
I need a book sponsor.