"Choosing a boat for a Lifetime of Cruising"
Why the assumption that you have to have one boat for your entire cruising and voyaging life? That's as crazy as having the same car, house and wants/needs for your lifetime.
It's also part of the trap that keeps dreamers dreaming rather than doing. I'm willing to bet that more dreams have been lost
while looking for the mythical perfect boat than have ever been lost
by having the "wrong boat".
Then there is this strange fact I noticed while out cruising.
The Cruisers that I came across that had their boats outfitted the "best" and that I looked up to for their knowledge and seamanship skills also didn't know what an internet
chat room, blog, instagram, or Facebook account was. Oh sure they may have heard about them, but they were all too busy messing around with their boat...doing rather than talking.
We all here like the internet
forum format, but we also have to realize that chat room sailors and cruisers (me included) are a self-selecting sample of folks and not necessarily a good sample of what I will call the "real world". Does that make us bad or something, no but it certainly doesn't make us always right, it's just who can type out what they think the best and takes the time to do it...which when you come to think about it...what does that skill set have to do with Cruising and Voyaging? Ah...nada maybe?
So what's point Rich? Easy...if you want to know what boats are out there Cruising and Voyaging, the best way is to get out there and look around the anchorages
. I'm also willing to bet that the vast majority of them don't have 9000 posts on a cruising forum...