My wife and I are retiring in a few years and plan to become Cruisers. We have sailed before having owned a 25-foot Buccaneer which was a blast to sail. We sold this when we left Texas
and not wanting to be without a boat, I ran out and bought a 32-foot Carver Montego because we live off the Potomac
river. I have since been informed by my 1st Mate, that I purchased the wrong kind of boat. I have a genetic defect that causes these kind of problems. I am Male.
That being said I am now fully engaged in resolving the problem and am in search of the perfect Sailboat. I have a laundry
list of what would make it perfect but need advice on bring her (I mean our) list together into one vessel. We have been all over the eastern seaboard talking with brokers who I donít believe are entirely forth coming. So I am reaching out to you folks for solid advice.
What we are looking for:
- USED 42 to 50 ft. mono-hull. I would prefer a center cockpit, but can live without it.
- Comfortable in headwinds. (Not possible, but I can dream)
- Centerline Master aft.
- Pullman berth forward with the head between it and the chain locker.
- Easy handling for a crew of two (unless the darn kids find us and then I will put them to work.)
- Ample battery (or room for additional storage)
- Long range capability so Water in the 180 gal to 300 gal range.
- Fuel about the same or slightly smaller.
- Everything else is toys and I am allowed to shop for those.
- We will be sailing in the Caribbean so modest draft of no more than 6 ft. or so. Will consider a variable keel as long as it doesnít fall out every 6 to 8 years and costs thousands of dollars to fix.
We have looked at Gulfstarís, Moodyís, Oysterís, Marlow-Hunters, Southleys, Beneteau
and (I donít know why) Jeanneau
We are looking for input from the community on the above sailboats on what they like and more importantly, donít like about them. My wife and I are not interested in Racing
so that isnít a consideration, however, I have only had my wife for 37 years so SAFETY
is the biggest concern.