Originally Posted by Brewme
I love sailing and I move cats; problem is I will never afford a cat. $500k is the minimum for a USED cat and then plan on thousands in maintenance a year. I think a house on the beach (with room for my microbrewery) and a 16' Hobie cat is what I want now. But who knows, life changes and so do my needs/wants!
I didn't mean to discourage you... although it may have sounded that way. You certainly need to chase those dreams. You can get a really good new cat from performance cruising for $170,000 and a used one for $50-60K but they would not be my first choice from blue water cruising... although they can be well built.
For long-term cruising you need sooo much space in the boat for stowage of day-today backups (think multiple sets of sails, extra props, guys, lines, and on-and-on) for those items that are particular for your boat that you can;t easily find or fashion by yourself.
I just don't see how you would be able to find the space for brewing. There are a lot of campgrounds around the Caribbean that you could hook for the two or three weeks necessary for a descent fermentation but keeping that wort cool would be trouble but if you were cruising the St. Lawrence you might have trouble keeping it warm enough.
However, if you can get primary fermentation done at a campground and in a plastic bucket for secondary you might be able to pull it off.