Originally Posted by GordMay
Dreamer: What's your purpose?
How many aboard?
Well The ultimate goal is to embark on a 1 or 2 year cruise
with my family
(4 of us), in about 5 years when my girls are a lil older (6, & 3 now). Our course would be basically down through Panama
& up the gulf sort of following the Coastline till we reach New York
. From there, back South & East to the Bahamas
, USVI, BVI, etc.
I've been a boater for the last 20 years, (Fresh & Saltwater). & while my sailing skills are a bit rusty, (been a power boater for the last 10) Im (hopefully....lol) allowing plenty of time to get em refreshed, as well as time to thoroughly outfit & learn the kinks of whichever vessel we decide upon.
Ive been looking at something in the 37' to 48' range, & under $75,000.
The Feeling 446 caught my eye becasue of the 4 cabin
layout (The fourth over/under bunks would be replaced by storage
&/or a workbench & possibly a W/D.). Her Salon
also seems to be decently laid out.
Other boats that I have been researching are Hunter
, (Legend 37.5 & Passage
43 (I really like the classic lines of both of these). The Hunters are about 15 yrs old, while the other 2 are more like 30. I know my way around a toolshop, & am not too concerned about any minor to medium repairs/restoration work, so long as the hull
& masts are sound, & the deck
in reasonably good shape.
Im also open to any suggestions regarding other boat manufacturers to take a look at.
Thanks for the responses!