Hi: I would like to know what you consider the minimum a couple would need to set up a cruising boat in the 35′ range-we are looking for a Ferro-cement at present. I also believe in the ‘less is more’ approach. Thank you and good cruising
Tough question to answer as one first has to define “minimum”, and it depends on how good you are with your hands and the condition of the boat you are setting up. If you take a look at the section on the outfitting of Hio Avae in Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia that will give you some ideas.
From the top of my head, without any knowledge of your situation, you could get away for as little as $10,000–but that would be very simple, without much safety gear. The numbers go up from there.
One comment on Ferro cement. While there have been boats which are probably well built in this material, many are not.. Take care with what you are getting, and keep it off the rocks–as they have a tendency to fail on impact.
Good Luck–Steve Dashew