I have a 2006 Hunter
41AC, 2 cabin
that I bought as a trial for my wife and I to decide if we like the cruising life as we sailed off into retirement
, I'm 65. Two seasons under our belt and we love it and the Hunter
has served us well. We've learned more about what we need and are ready to find our next boat. We would like a little more room and more features on our next boat, not a new one but no older that 2010. More storage
room and master stateroom are my wife's goals, single
handling, power winches and bow thruster (I've learned without one) are mine. Budget
is up to $350k including taxes
. I assume we will use it for at least 5 years. We won't be crossing the Atlantic but want the ability to take the boat south to FL and possibly the Caribbean
. This would not be a live aboard but some cruises would last up to 3-4 weeks. Features required include: electric
winches, genset, davits
, full electronics
and SatTV, ac/heat, bow thruster as well as basic canvas
, etc. I realize finding a used boat
with every feature will be difficult so they could be added but within the budget
. We like the Jeanneau
DS and Beneteaus but are open to others. We are docked at marina in Long Island Sound
in Huntington Bay, NY and love it here so this will be our home for awhile.
Looking for advice from seasoned cruisers who have gone through this process. Selling and buying
, picking a broker, size and must have features for single
handling, configuration, electronics
, creature comforts. My wife is more about the destination
and comforts, I'm more about the journey.
If you've taken the time to make it through all this blather, thank you. Any input, short or epic, is appreciated. I used this forum for advice on the Hunter and it worked beautifully so I'm excited to hear what you have to say.