What I'd add to what never monday
said is that I like a dual helm
. No matter how well you plan, the weather is gonna get bad sometime and driving from the inside with heat or A/C can be nice. I almost NEVER drive inside, but it's nice to know I can.
If you are occasional island hopping and fuel consumption
is not an issue, then an older Sea Ray
can indeed be a good choice. I have a 1982 SRV360
I gave $50k for, 18,000# twin diesel
with genset. 400 gal fuel
gets about 400 mile range (600 with safety
margin) at 6-7kts and about 200 mile range at 18kts. You can get something in a full displacement hull
with, say, twin 120hp Lehmans that will almost double that, but your top speed will be less than 10kts. And finding something like that in a configuration conducive to scuba diving
will be more difficult.
In the $200k range, your options open up considerably. The brands never monday
mentioned are some of my favorites.
Hint: I spent 2 years looking at boats before buying
what I have now (of course I had a 36' wood boat while I was looking). I would have preferred a trawler
, but couldn't find anything within my budget
. I just kept picking boats and running it past my friends. They would point out all the negatives. Over time the negative responses dwindled. So, take your time (you don't have to take as long as I
did, though!). Post some of your choices in here and see what the comments are.