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Private Boats - Questions?

Author : Thompson1100

Submitted : 2018-02-22 03:07:12    Popularity:     

Tags: Private  Boats  Questions  

I've heard that private boats, like sailboats, are cheaper than many boats to initially buy but also because they use wind to function even though they often have engines. Here's my questions: 1) Can an average person afford one of these? 2) I s

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the average person could not afford the boats you speak of. the couple that sold everything they had and bought a boat to sail around the world sank it the second day they were out and lost everything except what they were wearing.

A decent 2nd hand 10 meter outrigger will set you back about U.S.$5,000. With sail. & a 15 horse motor. Single prop. For fishing. Then you will need spend more on sails & such. Also a safe place to store it on the beach will cost $75 a year. Native built boat. Single hull. Good for island hopping. Fishing, a sail up to the big city to shop once a month. You can sleep on them. Your sail doubles as tent. That is 1 years wage for the average person here. What you are looking for is a good used small fast ferry. They cost at $100,000 but will carry several vehicles. Have a deck cabin. In good shape. You will need to make modifications. Have a dock area that cost big. To sail the world you need a twin mast! Or a spare mast you can set up at sea. Storm sails, spare sails, be able to do small repair on all. When done it will be $200,000 U.S. There are other things. You need flags to inform the port master of intent or sickness. How to read the channel markers. were to dock the boat you pay for that in port. Or were you can anchor & come to shore on a small craft in port. It is one thing to own a boat. Sail out 60 miles to fish 2nd reef. Island hop, Sail up to the big city to shop. To be a blue water sailor is something very few can do! Takes many years to learn. Much more than just sailing the boat.

What is an ect?

1-4. If you ask, you can't afford it.*


*unless you do a ton of research and budget.

Hey Thompson, Not sure I'm quite getting your question, "..private boats are cheaper than many boats..?" Boats are boats, private or commercial. We have a 23 foot sailboat that we paid $11,000 for used, there are many that are cheaper, some for half that price in the same size class. Ours is a heavier shoal draft sloop, so I was willing to pay more for it to use on the great lakes, the seas can get edgy out there, so we paid for a more sea worthy boat.

If you just want a boat to convert to alternative drive, anything with a full displacement type hull, which includes virtually any sailboat in the world can be converted to electric/solar power pretty easily. Home Power Magazine did an article on a guy in San Francisco that took a 27 foot sailboat, took off the mast and sail rigging, and put in a fairly large electric motor, batteries and covered the decks and cabin with solar panels. It runs pretty good. I couldn't find the article, but I found a few others, I clipped one below. We have a small solar panel on our sailboat, but it just charges the batteries to run lights and radios, the "kicker" motor is still gas. If it were me, and I didn't have a good critical mass of boat knowledge, I'd go hang out at the marina for a few hours, and talk to anyone that has a boat that looks interesting. Tell them what you are thinking of doing, boaters love to talk about their boats, be pretty easy to pick their brains, it would get you started.

Solar panels develope around 10 watts per square foot, batteries are great in the bottom of a boat, adding weight and ballast to make the boat more stable, and electric motors are smaller and easier to install than gasoline ones in almost any location. Full displacement hulls are not designed to "plane out" on the water like a speed boat does, they stay fully immersed in the water no matter how fast you push them, but at lower speeds, generally 5 to 9 knots, they are incredibly efficient. Our sailboat weighs 3000 pounds, but can go 4 knots with a 5 HP motor. A 5 HP electric motor could run for several hours on just a couple golf cart batteries, which can be recharged by shore power, solar, wind turbine, or all three. Trawlers are also this type of hull, most other motor boats are not. Take care T, Rudydoo

Sailboats, like everything, can be expensive or cheap. A google search would reveal that. I would guess you'd need a damned big one to put your car on, yes?

I saw something online about a couple that sold all they had to buy a sailboat and travel around the globe too. The boat sank and they had nothing but the clothes on their backs and the life vests.

Yes to alternative power.



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