Originally Posted by cruisernewbie
I want something with the best balance for coastal cruising and blue water ocean sailing from California
to South America
in the long run. Able to sleep me and couple in comfort and style, easy to sail singlehand and stable. I still need to learn about the different rudder
I joined here as I was reading this and wanted to comment. In your first post you mentioned wanting to sail the Caribbean
. We've seen lots of couples cruising the Caribbean
with CE B class 30-35' boats with no problems and having the time of their lives. You do not need a "high end" yacht for Caribbean island hopping.
But when you mention sailing to Europe
you are in a different category.
What you choose is going to depend a lot on your crew. Are you a sailing couple? Are you two sailing couples? How much experience do you have? The bigger the boat, the harder it is to handle, and the quicker you will get into trouble when you run into weather
. My wife and I have sailed our HR41 from the North Atlantic to the Southern Ocean - BUT there was several times when one of us was incapacitated due to being sick and I'll tell you right now that a 41' ketch
is handful to single
hand when your first mate is laid up.
In the Caribbean where you can hop from one island to the next in a day it's no big deal. But 9 days out to sea on the Atlantic is another matter.
Personally, I would not spend the extra cash on a high-end yacht just for Caribbean cruising, unless you have money
you just want to get rid of. The bigger and more "high end" the boat, the more of a mechanic
you have to be to keep her sailing. Also remember to budget
for your living expenses when buying
your "high end" yacht. Prices may go up or down in a few years, but we have gotten by on about $1,800/month living expenses, so remember to budget that too.
If this is a "dream" you have (and we met plenty of people in our travels that are fulfilling the same "dream" with less than a "high end" yacht) I would suggest maybe chartering a few different boats and trying it out.