Thanks for the continuing flow of information/suggestions.
I visited www.latitude38.com;
book marked it and have already started browsing it tonight while watching TV with my wife.
Regarding the Seven Seas Cruising Association, I went to their Web site and read their introductory statement. For now, this is too much information for me to read and digest (ď50-page monthly BulletinĒ), but I bookmarked it under my ďCruisingĒ folder for future reference.
Iíll look at the Valiant 40 and Passport 40. Regarding the extra costs of boat acquisition, I have a spreadsheet that includes an ever growing itemization of assumed upgrades and, of course, the survey
cost (as well as a comparison of the stats on the boats that Iíve reviewed).
I have a meeting next Thursday in Houston
that will be over around 2 pm. I am then going directly to the Houston
International In-the-Water Boat Show
, which is open until 7 pm. I also have most of Friday to visit the show before I fly out Friday night. Itís hard to tell which boats will be featured because the exhibitors list includes dealer names instead of manufacturers names. Pacific Seacraft
doesnít have a dealer in Houston. Even thought Island Packet
does, I called them and was disappointed to find out that they donít have IPís in stock and, therefore, wonít have any at the show. The rep who I talked with further claimed that thereís not much demand for heavier displacement
sailboats in Houston and said Beneteau
is the way to go. (Yes, I know who they are and am not interested.) At least thereíll be a lot of the latest boating electronics
that I can look at -- along with all the other boating
paraphernalia found at a major boat show
. If I can manage it, Iím going to to visit the Annapolis
show next month, where most of the boats that Iím interested in will be featured.