So I've been looking at sailboats for the past few months and it is really difficult to find one with the amenities I want that is in my price
My ideal boat would be in the mid-30's, under $30k, decent sized fridge/freezer, shower
(preferably with its own stall and not pumped into the bilge), HC pressure water
, at least one sizable berth (ideal would be walk-around queen) as well as a private berth for guests, fairly open layout so I can walk 7-10 feet without bumping into something (and same for the outside area)....it just seems that powerboats work better for what I'm looking for. And prices for powerboats seem to have been much harder hit than sail. Also a bit worried that a cramped older sailboat is going to for sure turn off the ladies.
I looked at flybridge gas powerboats but they seem insane to dock
singlehanded, except for the old tollys which have deck
doors. But still, those are big boats with tons of windage and pretty high decks to jump off of.
I looked at trawlers and there are some 34' CHBs that might be right at the edge of my price
range. Seems like they would still be difficult to dock
singelheandedly, especially without a bow thruster, they only have a single engine
, and they often have a decent amount of wood on deck
(I'm not into varnishing).
So, I always had a thing for the look of the sunbridges and thought I'd check prices. They appear to have taken a pretty hard hit with the economy? I'm seeing ~34' with all or almost all the amenities I want selling for pretty cheap
I don't mind the cave feeling of a sunbridge and in some ways prefer it (more privacy). They should get a little bit better mileage than say a tolly and although fuel
costs would be a lot more I'd just be going on short weekend trips in the foreseeable future and the speed would greatly expand the available destinations and still be cheaper than hotel
rooms. With a sailboat or even a trawler
I'd probably be limited to Blake Island on a two day weekend and that would get old (I'd have the boat in Bremerton or Port Orchard).
Is there a downside I'm not seeing? Are the older sunbridges crap quality? How much space are you really losing compared to a comparable trawler
? Is the bow area unusable? Am I reasonable in thinking that a mid-30's sunbridge should get around 1.3nmpg at ~20 knot cruise
Old gassers sound bad due to fuel
costs and lower lifespans, but for periodic use from what I'm reading they are not a bad idea. The thought of having to rip out and replace a big diesel
from a sundeck trawler is financially chilling.
Any input would be appreciated. I don't know much at all about these boats.
going on the assumption that they are easier to dock as well.