Originally Posted by Homespun
Looking for the sage advice of the forum on possibilities for Caribbean cruising monohulls between 50-100k. It will be two adults and two young children
(three cabins not needed), departing from Florida
taking the Thorny Path. Not planning any long ocean passages but certainly understand that not just any boat will do. We are also open to buying
a boat already in Caribbean (mostly likely the Virgins).
I don't want this to turn into a production boat debate, but we are certainly more than open to production boats as well as any other. We have looked into Out Islands, Benes, Jeanes, CSYs, Tayana 37s, Irwins, Endeavours, etc.
I'm curious what boat(s) you all think would be good for our purpose, or what qualities you think would be necessary or unnecessary to have for the Caribbean. Any other things to consider would be welcomed.
Thanks in advance.
I don't think that you could do any better than a used Endeavour
40 in that price
2 true seperate staterooms. The vberth which will sleep you kids
, and they have their own head
, and a adequate sized aft stateroom, with head
for you and your wife. Large center cockpit
allows for a good split down below. good tankage. 5.5 foot draft
. 4 large opening hatches plus compainonway, and 16 opening ports gives a lot of ventilation.
engines, Good reliable rebuildable. Parts
available all over.
Nice sized salon
, with 2 to 4 more berths depending on pull outs on the salon
is average but adequate.
Made in US, so stainless and metal on boat is good. Everything on boat replaceable by original manufactors still in business.
. can be had for 50-80K in good shape. Fairly active owners group.
The #42 is a better version of it but a bit more money
The E43 is larger, heavier, but ketch
rigged. All are similar in layout, but the E43 has more headroom
. But sails
a bit slower in 10-15knts. Gets better above that.
Enough available on market that you can have a pick. These boats hold their value if properly taken care of.
are in bilge
, so if original, will most likely needing replacement.
step can be a problem, but most are not.
ports leak. Will need new gaskets or new ports. (not a big deal)
Most of these boats will be preowned by multiple people, so depends what they did to it, could be good, could be bad....
PM me if you need more information.