A lot of time has been spent looking at boats lately, only to find out today we’ve been looking at the wrong boats. Let me explain. Anna talked to a well-respected boat broker today who tried to set her straight on the size of boat we need for our cruising plans. You see we’ve been looking at boats as small as 38ft. Mostly because of budget. Our search parameters did include the 38 to 42ft range, but according to this very wise broker, if we want to sail the Pacific with all the gear on-board that we want, we’ll need to look in the 42 to 45 foot range.
Anna tells him those boats are out of our budget. Simple, he tells her, we need to expand our budget about fifty thousand dollars. Of course he didn’t use those exact words. He was very professional and polite and he had a very good argument for doing so. He just didn’t understand that if we had another fifty thousand to spend on the boat, we would have been looking in that price range to begin with.
It’s all fine and dandy to say we want or need a $300,000 45 foot cat decked out with all the latest electronics, life raft, dinghy and brand new rigging, but if you don’t have that much money you have to cut back somewhere. Does the dive compressor have to go? How about the generator? Life Raft? Water maker? Radar? How long will the rigging last really? Sometimes you have to make compromises. Decisions about what is absolutely necessary and what isn’t. What kind of safety risks are involved? What can’t you live without?
After all those questions are answered, only then can you determine with absolute clarity that
Your Boat Budget Isn’t Big Enough!