Originally Posted by BusyB
Thanks for the feed back - means a lot to me!
So, I see that Beneteau
36' to 42' is a recommended monohull
. I have chartered the Oceanis
470 in the caribbean
and it was really nice and easy to handle. Any particular model or year I should avoid?
Catamarangs, I have been drooling over, but they all seem to be a lot more money
than I would like to spend. The Lagoons seem reasonable in price
wise but I am not sure I like the styling with the raised helm
station. What are they like in terms of short handed sailing?
I like the Firsts. But I have racing
disease. The Oceanis line seems to be a good choice for cruising. A famous CFer MarkJ bought one, a 393, and sailed it around the world. He stopped in here on the way through. Might be useful to read some of his posts. He is a pretty good sailor, joined me on a beer
, and his attitude was ya run what ya brung.
There are vagaries between years and models that I am not expert on. Basically I would go for as new as I could afford as a start point. On same price with the pedigree 10 years different between a 47 and a 42, I would get the 42, depending on condition of course. Fit out and accessories would be another big factor.