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Rudy Sechez sits at one of
Briney Bug's two fold-up tables, with reference books in the shelf behind. At other times of the day, this is known as Jill's dining table.

How much did Briney Bug cost?

We chose to design and build Briney Bug because it was feasible and cheaper, but most importantly, it is what we enjoy doing. Maybe it can be so for you, too.

To achieve our goal of economical, comfortable and dependable cruising in a powerboat, we trade time for money, go slow instead of fast, utilize simple but dependable gear, and we think for and rely on ourselves.

We enjoy our time, and derive great satisfaction arriving at various destinations without having spent a fortune.

In fact, even with the stuff that got thrown away, we spent only $70,000 for a well-found, comfortable and efficient 34-foot-long troller yacht.

Of course, from the time we ordered the keel timbers to launch, it took four years. Could have gone quicker, but when Jill would come out to help, she would want a break after 10 hours of working. Rudy found it hard to make progress under such conditions.

—Rudy and Jill Sechez

jill sechez

Jill Sechez is shown in the galley on the same chilly day as the top photo. Rudy, always showing his humor, suggested the caption notes that the "lack of any evidence of 'galley work' in progress does not reflect the true nature of our eating habits."

Here’s how the Briney Bug story is presented:

What does Briney Bug look like?
What about hull design?
What is the secret to engine dependability?
What’s your advice on replacement parts?
What about diesel engines?
How do you contend with boat motion?
Why do you have a sailing rig?
What’s with the big rudder?
Why do you have an open pilothouse?
Simplicity and self-sufficiency rule aboard Briney Bug . . .
How does one go about finding the right boat?
How much did Briney Bug cost?

Editor’s note: Rudy and Jill Sechez, when they are not away cruising, live aboard Briney Bug in Port St. Joe, Florida, and provide boat and yacht repair services. They can be reached at 850-832-7748 or via e-mail by clicking here.

Simplicity taken to the max

What does Briney Bug look like?

What about hull design?

What is the secret to engine dependability?

What’s your advice on replacement parts?

What about diesel engines?

How do you contend with boat motion?

Why do you have a sailing rig?

What’s with the big rudder?

Why do you have an open pilothouse?

Simplicity and self-sufficiency rule aboard Briney Bug . . .

How does one go about finding the right boat?

How much did Briney Bug cost?

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