It sounds like you are serious enough about your intentions, so I thought I'd drop in about 1.5 cents or so.
I just took a 42' Sea Ray
out to Anguilla
in the Leeward Islands
. Stated in Pompano here in FL. I have to say, I've had some preconceptions, and maybe, admittedly a couple misconceptions about the boats in the past, but it held up and took the heavier water
better than I anticipated. The Mona Passage
put us through some interesting times, and there were some other hiccups along the way...but for the most part, the boat did OK. I will say, I was actually impressed compared to what I thought I would be dealing with.
I will say, however, that that was only about 1500nm or so. And the boat, once we reached Road Bay, was, well...a small toll had been taken. Let's put it that way.
So it's pretty common knowledge though that Sea Ray
, as someone else mentioned, does not build a bluewater boat. I know you have time on your side, so you can wait for that 'perfect' weather
, but I think I have to go on the record
and say that if I was planning on this kind of trip, I don't think a Sea Ray 50 would be my first pick.
I like your thinking/adaptability to the idea of shipping
the boat for the long hauls - that is a wise, and due to range (and build, in my opinion) issues, pretty necessary option to explore. But there are still a lot of coastal miles to be covered. And no matter how much time you have...I'm sure more than once you'll find yourself dealing with the unexpected...this is when it can become quite apparent that you are on the right...or maybe not so right...boat for the job.
Just do your research
as you seem to be starting to do, and make sure you're doing the prudent and safest thing for you and your family
...and all that said - good luck!