Originally Posted by ohdrinkboy
I would be less likely locked into a particular brand and more into finding one that is well equipped and in good shape....all at the right price
. Just like cheechako's example. Lots of boats can make the trip. Decide on some basic parameters and start hunting.
At 30 foot most boats will be capable (with Skipper
having half a brain etc)...none will be ideal (all boats are like that
I would limit the search parameters as little as possible, say on draft
and number of berths / sleeping areas - anything else (that suits your exact wants) being just a bonus. The key on a tight budget
will be buying
at a good price
, in sound condition and with as much equipment
(as you want) already onboard (it all takes time and cash to fit - even DIY).
To my eyes the good news is that with the kids
still small they a) fit into a smaller boat better and b) largely do what the bloody hell they are told
.......and, if all goes well on the intended trip, this boat is unlikely to be the last (next likely to be bigger - as family
grows in size) - so you don't need to find "a keeper" now nor over equip her.
Therefore, personally I would keep an eye on resale - and unless you stumble on a real deal / steal on a Thingymajig 30
then I would stick with something brand name / mass produced as always a market for them (price acheived being a seperate matter! - but some boats are hard to pretty much give away
Anyway, let us all know how the boat search (and trip