I think I have narrowed it down to three categories:
No matter what decisions I make, I believe I will still sell my sailboat. It is too much work and money
for her to sit in the water or on the hard
without being used, I would rather have someone use it. Apparently the average duration is 308 days. I have put about $15k in upgrades so it will show well.
1. Rinker 360 or Cruiser Yachts 3670, from 2000 to 2004. I like the room and layout, still okay on fuel consumption
per specifications and reviews
, attractive style and upgrade interior
finishes. Second option within this category is a slightly smaller cruiser, Rinker 342 or Cruiser yachts 340, more of these models are around, better fuel consumption
, less expensive but less interior room.
2. 99' to 2003 Gemini 105 Catamaran
; Overall, it is a affordable catamaran
and might be a great compromise for all; still sailing, there is no heeling for the kids and wife, nice room inside for overnight trips, little faster than a monohull
. Although they seem to be a bear to dock
and maneuver in tight spaces.
3. Continue to sell my sailboat and don't get anything. That is an option. Questions to myself is will the kids enjoy a catamaran or a powerboat, or something different. My son will love the powerboat and it would be a nice change, not being dependent on the wind forecast
and if we want to go somewhere, we point the boat in the general direction and go, you can rarely do that with a sailboat unless you are motoring at 5 to 6 knots.
I am a little afraid of the fuel consumption.
How much fuel would you expect to use per season on a cruiser that burns about 1 gpm, on a average? Maybe one extended trip per summer. Do you anchor
out overnight like a sailboat?
What are the activities you would do expect for motoring to one place to another?
With sailing, it's a activity in itself, just getting out on the water and sailing. Sometimes that's good and sometimes bad.