Originally Posted by DannySt
All the threads about hunters/ mass production boats vs. hi end boats got me wondering-
What would you buy if you had the budget of:
1. it has to be a boat for a long and safe offshore cruise
2. it has to support at least a couple with guests.
3. it has to be able to store a dinghy
Before I start would agree that this subject has not only been beaten to death, it's probably the reason for CF.com
So if any newer readers want to find opinions on the "best" boat then doing a Search will
be worthwhile, everything in their from "How big can I singlehand?" to "How small a boat can I use to round cape Horn with a crew of 12 one legged dwarves. and a transexual Giraffe" (well, there is now
$25k? - £18K. I'd go for a Halycon 27. and refit
her solid but very basic. My "luxury" would be a cockpit tent. Depending on the deal and my intended use I might even go for one with a terminal inboard and slap on an o/b. A good chance of having £5k left over if you buy right / the right deal is available / have some skills / ain't looking for a showroom finish.
A couple would need to be on good terms and capable of living close. and no fat birds
Guests? Usually berths for 4, even if a couple more ideal for storage
. But they are only guests - don't want them to stay forever
Storing a dinghy? I would go for one of those new fangled inventions called.......an inflatable