I guess since I own one of those old "Blue water" boats that have been around long enough to write books
about, live on it a good portion of the year and plan on owning it for another 20 years I am prejudice.
But it has to be said that there is a reason there are still "Old Blue Water" boats out there.
They don't sink as easily as some newer boats.
The "Bolt on Keel" approach is great but they do rip off and that is a bad thing I've heard.
My old, mono hull
, shallow draft
, full keel
boat is not fast, but I grew up racing
Cat's and to me all mono hull
boats that you can live on are slow. Something about the difference between 30 knots and 9 knots.
I know that "Investment" is not "The Cool" reason to buy a sail boat but I'm looking at the asking price
other people who have a boat like mine have posted, ( an old, slow, full keel
boat) on the classifieds and it is still over 100,000.
Cool thing is you can get into one cheaper than 30k and fix it up.
It's what I did.
Course if your not into "Fixing" things, then living on a sail boat is probably not for you anyway.
But if it is, then having 2 heads, 3 berths, nice sized galley
, really nice captains area, nice dining area, great storage
, flexible sail configuration, limited teak
on the deck
, nice teak
trim on the interior
, 2008 Perkins motor
, 160 gallons of fuel
, 150 gallons of water
, hot showers, air conditioning
, ain't so bad.
Course, it won't win any races, some would say it is slow. ( yes it only does 7 - 8 knots, not 9, under sail )
I say, yup, and it will still be slow 20 years from now, and I won't lose sleep over my keel getting knocked off or loose when a channel has shifted.