Sailboat Thots

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On my bookshelf I have an old copy of Bristows Book of Yachts. It travelled with me, 26 years ago, from the UK to Australia. It has always been a reminder of a path I have not yet travelled, that of getting my own boat to live aboard.
I long ago gave up on the idea of ever building my own boat. I have spent enough time building them for other people with more money than me. I would like instead to buy a boat to live aboard.

I am going to use this post as a starting point in the journey to buying a live aboard boat.

Once I have worked out the logistics of buying a boat I will need to work out a myriad of other things. One step at a time.

Online Brokers

I have been using these links to figure out the market for used boats. My price range was originally $50-70k (AUD) but then to my astonishment, slight bewilderment and joy my partner threw her hat in the ring. Now it is no longer I, it is we. The budget is now dependant on selling a house and paying a mortgage instead of my savings. It is now more like $100-150k. I am allowing for wiggle room to refit and repair anything we buy (+ ~30% of purchase price).

Boat Research

In a way Bristows Book of Yachts has evolved onto the internet. These links are a start but I think chatting to more experienced boaties will be more productive.

‘Factory’ Yachts

Plenty of pro’s and con’s to a secondhand mass-produced boat. I think for the fair weather sailing I expect to do for the first few years there are more pro’s. The snobs and elitists can shove it.

Designers (DIY/Yard builds)

Apollo Duck lists popular new boat ranges here

Inspo Boats

I have been inspired by; heard about or even traveled on these boats

Some people who have been kind enough to share their boaty lives and info about their boats in no particular order:

People & Forums

Australia (and the world) loves certi-fucking-fications

Boat Gear