G-Day all. First real thread for me and little sooner than expected. I am in the process of researching suitable live-aboard yachts - that are big, strong and forgiving, between 45’ – 55’. My wife has never sailed so simplicity will is a must. We both like the idea of a real bed
(I don't like crawling into a cave over obstacles just to get some kip) and spacious saloon/galley/chart desk. Open mind with additional berth layout, not fussed on speed but easy access to engine
is a must; good electronics
is preferred unless boat is priced right to allow me to add/replace. (Budget around AU100k + depending on location).
I have been receiving lot's of advice from my local marina and newly made friendships to which I am really appreciative of. One key piece of advice has been: "stay away from Ferro
and that GRP is my friend".
Something to do with insurance
etc. Keen to hear your experiences - I will even take note of opinions as this philosophy limits my search considerably.
Anyways - I have been pointed in the direction of a Celestial 48'. This boat appears to tick most of my boxes and I would be keen to here from anyone who could shed some light as to what these boats are like or suggest an alternate type. Thanks in advance and look forward to seeing what you all have to say.