To have separate bunks for 4 you will probably need to a boat in the 34-38' range minimum.
Cats are usually a lot more money
that a similar monohull
. The stability is mainly that they heel (lean over to the side when the wind
blows on the sails) than a monohull
boat. So the ride is more level but can be choppier. A monohull will sail leaning over except going down wind
but the motion is a little smoother.
Cost of a boat can vary a lot, depending on what amenities you want. Go very basic: no refrigerator
, no auto pilot, minimal electronics
and you should be able to find an older but well built 34-38' monohull for $20-$40,000. Cat 30% - 50% more. Plan on spending 2-6 months and 15-30% of the original purchase price
months on installation
, upgrades, new gear
You can learn a lot about sailing and navigation
on this forum but good idea to pick up books
and read every thing you can on the subject.
Not sure what you mean by Would working crew be a good idea, or would it not do much? Do you mean you work as crew on other boats? Then yes, it's a great idea. Don't expect to get paid much if anything but good learning
US probably the best deals on used boats. Sales tax can be avoided depending on your state of residence, where you register the boat and where and how long you stay in certain states after you buy the boat. For example, no matter where your official residence, if you buy a used boat
in FL you have to take is out of the state within a certain time (90 days I think is the current
limit) or you pay FL state sales tax of 6%. You can get an extension if the boat is in a yard for work or repairs
Hope this gives you a start on the plans.