OK, SaltyMonkey has a thread going for his next cruising / live-aboard slow life boat, but suggestions from throttle jockeys out there online got him excited and dancing about other inner wild-monkey needs (no he won't go to the dark side but likes the fantasy). So, here's a question to answer, and I think it may help others if they decide to go about bluewater solo racing
Boat Buy Budget
: < $100k **
Optimal Boat Buy Budget
< $60k **
Use: Bluewater Solo Racing
(e.g. Transpac, Transat etc)
Length Constraint: between 30-42 ft
Design Constraint: Must be a production racer/cruiser or cruising design from a major manufacturer that can be converted into a race
QUESTION 1: What boats would you look at?
QUESTION 2: How would you modify it?
** outfitting costs not included in budget about. this is strictly an amount to buy the boat up front.