I don't know the three boats you mentioned well. I looked at a Marine
Trader 50 when we shopped for our boat. That one needed more work than I was willing to provide.
We ended up with a DeFever 44 and are 3 legs from returning to Florida
from a 2 1/2 year circle of the Eastern and Western Carib, including Colombia
. Several DF44's have done the Great Loop, but you may need to hinge the radar arch
(if not already done) depending on which route
you take near Chicago.
You don't have to have a Krogen, Selene or Nordhavn in the Caribbean
or coastal waters. An almost new DeFever 45 recently made the trip across the Pacific carrying some bladder tanks
. I don't recommend that, but it can be done.
You should look for, at least in my opinion:
1) Weight/Displacement (the heavier the better)
2) Stabilizers - needed for the Caribbean
not Great Loop, very expensive to add (40-50K)
3) Fuel Storage
- more allows you range and selection of better fuel
prices, at least 800-900 gallons
4) Room/Storage - we sold the house... everything we own, plus full spares are aboard the boat
5) A boat that looks like it will survey
well, at least increases the odds it will, unless you like working on boats.
allowed it, I like the Nordhavns and Krogens, but otherwise I think the DeFever 44 Sun Deck
, 49 RPH or 49 Cockpit
are good values. Perhaps a Grand Banks
49, but those are not cheap
. The Hatteras LRC designs may be worth looking at.
Good Luck! Bob
M/V Mar Azul