My first post, after countless hours of reading those of others. I'm thankful for this forum, and a little envious of the cruiser's life
I am without a boat besides a Sunfish at the moment. I grew up on Lake Michigan, Sunfish and Hobie Cats, later experience in larger monohulls. Now the desire to live a more sea-based existance is consuming me. Deciding upon a boat is driving me mad though. My friends are monohull
daysailers (no great wealth of relevant insight), and I am skeptical of advice from anyone trying to sell me something.
First, the context; young (ish) married couple with no children
(yet) in good health
want to spend November to May sailing warmer waters along the east coast
of the Americas. In the next few years, a trip to Europe
and back, where we will (probably) take on 2 crew. A budget
in the realm of $150k for a (used) boat capable of doing this in some comfort.
Some choices appeal to me.
First, the multihulls; The PDQ36 speaks to me. I'm fine with outboards, believing in motoring as a last resort. There are a few on the market, even a couple in my price
range. The quality and longevity are well established. I think this could be a nice winter home for a small family
. I would add hull
extensions, methinks. I also saw a nice price
on a hard-used Voyager Norseman 430 (owners, 3 cabin
2 head) but I can't find the specs on the thing anywhere. I'm concerned if it's wood-cored, it having lead a rough life.
My choice for monohull
couldn't be much different; a 40' steel
junk-rigged Colvin Gazelle. I like the lines, the durability, the ease of sail (beloved wife is generally very capable, but no experience sailing except as passenger). I know it's not the fastest, but it is undeniably tough. Much less expensive, as well. I don't see a nice (finished) example for sale
right now, but they do come around quite often.
If you have an insight, and a spare moment to share after reading this, please do.