Waterwayguy, Nice & Easy, Thanks for the replies !
I have to admit that the great circle route
is our primary objective, which we underdtand will be mostly a motoring / live aboard lifestyle. The "Offshore" requirements tend towards thoughts of keeping the vessel once completed and back in Ft Lauderdale for (hopefully !) frequent hops to the Bahamas
and back ... She'll be our home when we get back for a while (time?) and I think I'll be heartbroken to sell her, but perhaps we can swallow the anchor
and still keep her for the Keys / Bahamas
We need, in priority a vessel that :
1) can do the loop (5' draft restriction) + good tankage
2) will be a comfortable live aboard for 1 - 2 years (until we get our feet back on the ground ...)
3) will be good for Bahamas runs thereafter to keep the feet "wet" at least to some degree !
Also in the short list is the CSY 37
(Shoal draft) and Endevour 37.
We have looked at the one and only Mistress on the market at the moment this weekend, and have a few concerns about this particular one, so the hunt is still on !
The E37's that we have looked at somehow just don't look right, perhaps the scale of the rig to the size of the boat ...
Today we plan to check out a CSY 37
s.d. in our price
range (50K all in - ready to go after any upgrades / additions )
I can't explain how exciting it is to finally be weeks / months away from leaving, and actually looking with cash in hand as opposed to spending weekend after weekend searching and dreaming ...
"Planning without action is futile ... "
"While this is without question a high quality, very strong boat, if it were me, doing what you intend, don't think it would be my first choice though."
Nice & Easy, I would love to hear your thoughts on what would constiute the best design given 1) 2) 3) above ... not forgetting the 50K
So much for sunny Florida
it's cold and raining again !