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Cheap boats. The end is nigh, The Cheap Boat Thread

BobnLesley

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...you'll be off for <£15k. The world's your oyster for the price of a secondhand car.

...rum punches in the carribean, snorkeling in the marquess, exploring the cocos keeling islands, Maldives, spotting orangutans in Madagascar...

(Whats the average monthly spend for a 3-4year cruise circumnavigation?)
As noted by others, it will always be 'up to you/how long is a piece of string' but we went small/simple and noted that when making forays back to the real world, we'd often spend more than our usual weekly costs on a good night out, with a Six-Nations weekend proving comfortably more expensive than a month's live-aboard expenditure.

It's not all good news though scruff; There aren't any orangutans to be spotted in Madagascar
 

roblpm

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I see older couples in larger boats about the Med all the time and I wonder why? Big to manouvre, expensive to maintain and cavernous inside. Our 11m has enough to go wrong, without pumping it up and adding extra systems. Perfect for the two of us.
OK.... Some advice please.

I am going to buy another boat sooner or later and I am poorer than the last time I did that! 😂

The boats I am looking at are just over 10 metres like you. However some cost conscious people recommend staying under 10m due to marina price jumps. Mine will be on a mooring probably most of the time. Maybe I have just answered my own question.......! Elan 333 is top of my list at the moment although they are all in Croatia!
 

dgadee

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OK.... Some advice please.

I am going to buy another boat sooner or later and I am poorer than the last time I did that! 😂

The boats I am looking at are just over 10 metres like you. However some cost conscious people recommend staying under 10m due to marina price jumps. Mine will be on a mooring probably most of the time. Maybe I have just answered my own question.......! Elan 333 is top of my list at the moment although they are all in Croatia!
I think up to 10.99 usually keeps you out of the 12m bracket. I am 11.02m.
 

Koeketiene

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Proving (yet again) the old adage, that time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted.
True.
But reconnaissance will only get you so far...
You need experience of boatownership too. (the difference between sailing a boat and owning a boat is huge, IMHO)
After over twenty years of sailing as a boatowner I finally bought the boat I should always have owned.
I don't know how many years sailing I still have left, but my current boat will be my last boat. The boat I leave to my children.
 

doug748

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Do the insulated hulls delaminate?

I think they are a standard, solid GRP hull with foam insulation under an inner moulding. So, no, they don't delaminate but it is not unknown for water to get between the two mouldings - so I understand.

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