At first blush $300,000 is a very generous budget
until you narrow down the size and age. I am not sure that I would limit your choices to 10 years old boats. 10 years is old enough that some refitting maybe necessary for the kind of hard use that you are proposing. When you get into that price
and age the list gets a lot shorter. These would be boats that I like and which might suit your purposes.
I am a little reluctant to recommend this boat. These are very good sailing boats with a nice 'owner's layout'. There is a tremendous amount to like about these Farr designs including their price
, but they are not as robust as I would like if I were planning the kind of trip you were making. Just the same, these boats are getting a lot of use in the Carribean and offshore
First 42s7 or 42p7 or 42f7:
Smaller, neater version of the 45F5 but all of the comments on the 45f5 apply.
While Bruce Farr is mainly thought of as a designer
boats, his office has actually produced a lot of really wonderful custom cruising boats. They are a little rare in the States but they would be super for what you propose.
Halberg Rassey 45:
Very nice boats. While I have a lot of nit picks with these boats and they would not be my own personal favorite, these are extremely highly regarded for what you want to do. For me the teak
decks are a deal breaker but many people prefer teak
Halberg Rassey 42:
Same comments as the 45.
While considerably less desireable than the 46 these are still very good boats that would be well suited to your goals.
This would be near the top of this list. This is a German Frer's design that takes advantage of a lot of the best modern thinking. Each boat has a different custom layout so you if you don't like the layout of one, look at another. $300K is near the bottom of what these boats sell for.
I really love these boats. A shoal keeled J-44 would probably be my own personal first choice for my own use. These are really well rounded designs offering good speed and good offshore
manners. A J-44 would need some build out, particularly increasing tankage on an earlier racing
version. I would probably prefer the single head
model which are substantially less expensive to buy.
These would be a spartan way to go. They are good boats with excellent sailing ability. They can generally be purchased around $200K but will need some work to make them a distance cruiser. Still if you are looking for performance these would make a good choice. They are way to spartan for most people but I have always liked them. This one looks especially interesting http://yachtworld.com/core/listing/p...g_id=1448&url=
These are a stretched version of the J-40. They have been optimized for distance cruising. They are not my fav but they are still very good boats.
I don't have any real experience with these boats but they have always struck me as a nice design. Bill Dixon is one of these designers who always turns out godd solid work. Nothing extreme but good boats.
Very nice boats in almost all ways. Slightly on the coastal cruising side of the equation but not so far that I would worry.
I generally like Tartans but I would not put the 4600 at the top here. These seem to be set up as large coastal cruisers rather than as offshore boats. I suspect that they are robust enough but layout and deck
plan wise these are not as ideal as some of your other choices. I mention this one only to say that from my perspective I don't think it is a good choice.
These are really just Valiant 40's with a nose job. While these are purpose built for what you want to do, they are cramped and slow as compared to most of this list.
I need to get my butt to work, hopefully this will give you some ideas.