A couple of comments:
The boat that you are looking at looks like an IOR "2-tonner". It has the classic IOR reverse transom, pinched ends, beamy midships section. It should go to windward very well, reach ok, but be relatively slow (by modern standards) downwind. It will be a handful in heavy winds and seas, especially downwind, but this can be easily managed by downsizing sails
early and substantially (we sail happily, 2 persons, on our IOR "pig" in 40+ knots, with heavy weather jib
and 3 reefs).
This will be a lot of sailboat for a couple to sail, even a relatively experienced couple. Don't get me wrong - I love IOR boats, but they do generate quite high loads on gear
/ rig etc. It appears (from the photo) to have the typical IOR rig (probably 3/4 fractional) which means you have backstay, running backstays
(x 2) and checkstays (x2) to contend with every time you tack and jibe. This need not be a deal breaker at all (Lisa and I manage to cruise
fine, and our boat has runners / checkstays, etc), but by comparison to a more modern design (swept back spreader rig, 9/10 frac, single
backstay) this is a complicated rig, and probably a relatively skinny mast section too.
Also, given the relatively high loads generated on IOR boats, there is a real big step up from 38-40 foot to 45 foot. You should be able to buy blocks for a 38 or 40 footer for $100 to $200 (depending on how shiny you like them), but for a 45 foot boat, you might be looking at $400 or more for a block. Winches for a 38-40' boat should be around $1000, for a 45' maybe $4000+. Sails will be 30-50% more expensive, etc. And be assured (based on the photos) I'd expect to have to replace quite a lot of the blocks, rigging
, sails etc. Given your relatively modest budget
, I'd be seriously looking at a smaller boat, if only for the cost of replacement items / general upkeep, let alone the handling. Go ask your local sail loft for a quote for, say, a new mainsail
and a new headsail for that 45' boat - even in Dacron, it'll make you wince! Then, assuming you had that sail, try to lift
it by yourself!
Don't get me wrong. I don't regret buying
an IOR racer
and refitting it as a cruiser. Sure; if I'd saved my money
and was buying
now, I'd be buying a different boat - a more cruise-ready boat, but I'd have missed out on 7 or 8 years of sailing experiences (and life experiences) in the meantime.
If I have a take home message it would be to be 100% realistic about your budget
- both now and in the future, and the cost of the boat, - purchase
cost and ongoing maintenance