My name is Aly and I am new to the sailboat world. I am a US Navy Veteran so I have experience with the Ocean and her greatness and beauty, and at times ugliness (;
Any who, I am definetly a noob at this sailing life style so bear with me as I get a bit wordy and please take no offense to my straight forwardness. I love you all (:
Please provide me with good detailed information as I try my best to explain what it is that my wife, Melissa (also a Navy vet) and I are looking to do.
1) We want to completely cut-off land life 100%
As I mentioned above my wife and I are Navy vets so we have been out to sea in the Pacific for over 110 days straight, so this is no issue for me or her. We miss Mother Ocean greatly! The dangers do not fase us, however, we have emence respect for her and the dangers that she possesses.
Melissa and I want to live "Full-Time" on a boat, as far away from shore as possible, No marina, No Slips, Dingies, whatever! Completely away from all of society only to return to resupply or to perform or deal with any "unknowns" that arise which would force us to return to shore.
2) We understand this may not be cheap, but it is rewarding
I get it! But I am tired of paying rent and utility bills and using our Navy compensation that we receive for our disbilities only to give it to worthless a$$ landlords and greedy politicians and corporations. I understand the maintenece is something that requires funding, and time so I don't care. We would rather use "our" earned income on something that is for us than the latter.
With that said, would you kindly point me to a good informational source, such as a book or blog, which provides wonderful information on proper boat maintence and upkeep.
3) We want to live out in international waters
I have Google searched the distance between the US coast line to the International water line and have come up with a "Freedom Distance" of 300 miles. The sites I read say it's about 250 miles to the International Waters Line so I added 50 miles to be safe. Am I correct for this?
***(Please only provide straight answers for this, no personal opinions about how we should, or should not do this, this is our choice, thanks.)
4) With that in mind, which type of boat will we need to live happily 300 miles out?
Again, please humbly explain to me "for-sure" which type of sailboat we would require for this. I have been up and down the internet trying to understand the "Blue Waters vs Cruiser (Coastal)" Boats only to come up with opinions and half-a$$ explanations.
Which boats should I be looking for? We do plan to make trips up and down the East Coast (New Hampshire down to Florida) and straight to the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, etc).
Please, you are the experts and I am trusting your experience and knowledge on this. I am the type that likes to have the "Right tool for the Right Job!"
5) Anchoring out to come ashore
What my wife and I plan on doing is when we come close to land we simply wish to anchor out and row to shore in a raft to resupply or for whatever reason(s). My question on this is, how far would you say "it would be best" for us to anchor out and row in so to not break any laws that may exist which prohibit anchoring out near a State's shore?
I know Caribbean Islands don't have these laws, unless it's close to a Coral Reef. Nonetheless, this is how we plan to always arrive ashore(;
6) Were looking at getting a 32' to 41' sailboat
It is only my wife, myself and our two birds, (Coco, a Green Cheek Conure and Puff, a parakeet). We plan on selling, gifting and getting rid of as much of our possessions as we can, only keeping those which we hold dear to our hearts and souls. I noticed the prices vary depending on the year of the ship, the electronics in the boat, work done to it by the owner and so on.
Which manufacturers do you recommend we keep an eye out for when searching?
7) I am not looking for speed
I don't care for speeding or making eye-popping turns. We are simply looking for a boat that if/when the situation presents itself, has the potential to get us out of harms way in a fare amount of time. We want something sturdy enough to withstand Mother Ocean's pounding in the event we are caught in rough seas.
Also, space is fairly important to us, tho, not as much as one would think.
I know how to make money online so this is not a concern
I understand that 300 miles out there is no internet, nor do I care, however if you do know how to receive Internet 300 miles out, through a device please provide the information. I am an IT and tho it would be nice to still be online out there it makes no differnece. (:
Also, I know it would be worse than dial-up. Lol. So even if I can send emails that take 5 hours to send this is ok. Lol
9) Swimming in the Open Ocean
I will not kid you, I am afraid of what lurks beneath the ocean, mainly sharks. With this in mind, are there any products that I could purchase that would show me on a display, be it sonar or what-have-you, to make swimming a little bit safer rather than taking a Dive-of-Faith? In the Navy we had sharpshooters that would lookout for the sailors, so this is a very serious question to my wife and I as we love to swim. Thanks.
10) Lastly Cost
As I mentioned above, my wife and I receive disabilities Compensation from the Navy and so were set for life. Yes we have debts, mainly school loans and yes we wish to finance a sail boat, since automatic payments are common we can leave and not worry about it. However, we are looking either New or Used, between $10,000 (Which will probably require work to make her Sea Worthy, which we don't mind) and possibly $60,000.
Again, the important things were listed in 3&4. We are not by any means rich so I humbly as for your best advise and opinion on this matter. My family's safety is "EXTREMLY" important to me so that is my #1 concern.
Well, that's it, if you made it this far down I greatly appreciate you taking time out of you busy schedule to answer my concerns. I wish you all a safe and joyful cruise.