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Old 22-09-2015, 20:35   #1
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Choosing my liveaboard cruiser

Hello All!

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.
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Re: Choosing my liveaboard cruiser

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Mark.

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Old 23-09-2015, 15:06   #3
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Re: Choosing my liveaboard cruiser

At the risk of sounding like a hopeless suck up, Gord, I'll mention that I'm honored by your welcome. I've long found your writings to be an even-handed wealth of wisdom and humor. I appreciate the link to the Voyage owners group,. It is closed to non-members, thus resorted to messaging a moderator.

With that said, don't suppose you have a thought on these boats eh?
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