Hello Cruisers Forum,
I know this question had been brought up before, but I was hoping I could get some answers for my specific scenario.
I am looking to buy a sailboat. I've been looking at almost exclusively monohull
boats, but am open to a catamaran
as well. Let me preface this with some, probably important, information. I have zero, or close to, experience with sailing or sailboats. I've always loved the water
and I loved the tiny boat my father, brother, and I sailed as a kid... Till we capsized and it sunk.
So here's the situation. I want to buy a boat big enough to fit myself, wife, our son, and possibly another little one at some point. There's my first concern. How crazy am I for having small children
aboard a boat like this? We will be docked somewhere in NYC
almost exclusively until I am a capable enough captain
to sail the boat myself. We have family
in North Carolina
and Costa Rica
and would like to be capable of visiting them on the boat in the future. While cost of the boat purchase
and maintenence is not much of a concern I can't see myself spending more than 4 million on a boat and from the research
I've done don't see any reason to. I honestly don't even know a ballpark figure for the cost to maintain such a boat, but I obviously won't be doing any work on it myself. I am completely incapable in that manner. The wife is more attracted to a new boat (ideas of safety
and better amenities), but I'm not opposed to an older boat and admire the craftsmanship of them at the very least. We've looked at the Jeanneau
57 and a few Oysters.