Thanks for all your replies---I appreciate it.
Here is what I want in my next boat. (My first one was a West Whight Potter and although it was great.....it was too small for where I was using it)
Anyway, for my next boat I need:
1.) will be basing it in Northern Chesapeake for a few years. I will use it for overnight sails
on the bay and to develop my sailing skills and courage level.
When that is up, I want to take it out into the ocean just a mile out as I have always been on protected waterways, lakes, etc.
3.) I want the boat to have a good diesel motor
. I will be motoring down the Intercoastal to Florida
4.) I want to make the 42 mile trip thru the Gulf from Miami
and back. Eventually, down to Turks and Caicos
and on down into the Carribean.
5.) I would also like to be able to go from Florida
to Yucatan Mexico
6.) I like the 'sturdiness' of what I have read about Cape Dory. Even if I don't sail across an ocean...I like the idea of having a boat that could. Safety
is also important to me as my temperament is sometimes prone to anxiety. I don;t want a tender
boat or one that feels so small on the water
as my old Potter 15.
7.) I prefer a tiller to a wheel
8.) I would like to be able to live for weeks/months at a time in it-- I am not an 18 year old kid used to sleeping in my car I am middle-aged and kinda spoiled.
I want a Catamaran
but cannot afford even a used one. So, I don't want a racy heeling alot at sail speedy boat. I just want a sturdy and stable boat I can coastal cruise
in with a good diesel motor
and a tiller.