Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to look at several boats in the 43'-52' range. Our intention is to use it as live aboard while my husband works in out of town projects and eventually as a Great Loop boat.
Chartering it is not out of the question.
We were very pleased with the lay out of the 1988 Monticello and we are familiar with their Taiwanese building origin, yet it has been very hard to get any information regarding its structural integrity, reliability
in open seas (there may be times when we can be outside the ICW
, depending on weather
, etc), hull blisters
, quality of ride, magazine reviews
Also the lack of a Jefferson owners forum is somewhat of a concern. Our other options are a 1970 44' tri-cabin Hatteras (saw one that requires looots of work and the salesperson pretty much talked us out of it) or a 1981 48MY Hatteras (which have not seen in person but like the plan in paper), which seem to be built like tanks
Any comments, advise, previous ownership
of any of these will be greatly appreciated.
PS: Jefferson Yachts filed for Liquidation earlier this year. Very sad when any boating
company closes its doors.