I looked at both boats you linked. Both are nice. Big difference in cost though.
If you have the money
for the 2006 Cat (about $500K) and you want a sugar scoop or easy entry to the water
AND you want to enjoy a luxurious retirement
on the boat, I would suggest taking a look at a boat I recently learned about that looks VERY nice and would be ideal for cruising the waters of Florida
, or Caribbean
NOTE: I have no connection to the boat or brokers or manufacturers. I am simply passing on information about a boat I found very interesting and one that appeals to me for similar purposes (retirement, live aboard, cruising shallow waters of Florida
, Keys, Bahamas
46RK | Seaward Yachts
The Hake Seaward 46RK
is a very different kind of boat that has some of the best features of a cat (low draft
of only 2' 5" with keel
raised), can be beached, and can be equipped with TWIN 75 HP diesel
engines (since you have a power boat
background). The boat is made in Florida. The manufacturer has many videos that show the boat features and construction and interior
is about $400- $500K for the 2014 model that is 46 feet long. It has three double berths (with dinette becoming fourth double if you need).
is very nice, the master stateroom is large (with centerline queen) the head
has a separate shower
(and looks very nice) and the cockpit
looks very comfortable for both sailing (captains chair is raised) and for lounging.
You should see the transom (watch the videos) as it has a large platform that looks ideal for entering with SCUBA gear
. I SCUBA
dive too, and this boat looks like it was made for that kind of enjoyment in lagoons or remote
places. And I like that both the keel
and the twin rudders can be raised for entering very shallow waters or beaching the boat.
I like cats. At the $400K price
point (or less), my choice would be a Lagoon 380
for a couple who does not need to take a lot of guests. But there are many nice cats, and larger ones can be very luxurious.
There are some other things that may or may not be important to you regarding this boat compared to a cat.
1. It should be easier to find a marina berth for it (it is a mono)
2. It may be less expensive to keep in a marina (it is a mono)
3. It may sail with better pointing (going up wind
or going to windward) ability due to being a mono with a ballasted bulb keel that can be lowered