We are recently retired & also wanted to get back into cruising/sailing. 30yrs ago BC (Before Children) we cruised for 2 or so years (Australian east coast/papua new guinea/solomons). So we set about doing our homework for the best boat that suited us. Therefore we came up with the Jeanneau 42Ds or Jeanneau 42i.
Both lovely boats with good sailing abilities and comfort factor. To cut a long story short we didn't end up getting a Jeanneau but are sure would have been happy if we did. One thing we didn't really like about the DS was the lack of goog ventilation and opening hatches as we would be in tropical areas of Oz. That may not be an issue for you. In our seach we came across a guy (Paul) here in Australia
who did a circumnavigation
of Oz in his Jeanneau 42DS
. His website details his journey - Home Page
. The boat performed quite well and had a furling mainsail
. Check it out. We do not know or have had any contact with or have any affiliation with Paul. You could maybe ask more q's about the boat if you wanted - I think it is for sale
but that would not be of interest to you.
Finally we ended up buying
a Dufour 425 Grand Large
and are very happy with her - sails
well & comfortable. Having ditched all the houses (all rented to fund our different lifestyle) we have lived aboard for 7 mths now and don't plan on getting back into a house for several years.
Good luck in finding the right boat.