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Old 09-11-2013, 21:22   #1
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Best high end used sailboat makes up to 60'

Much like cars, boats have levels of build quality and luxury. I'm looking for the best high end used sailing yacht brands for long range blue water cruising and coastal passage making. I want to sail from San Francisco down to South America someday when I retire and need a fast solid comfortable sailing yacht.
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Old 09-11-2013, 21:24   #2
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Hard to beat a Swan <grin>
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Old 09-11-2013, 21:26   #3
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Old 09-11-2013, 21:32   #4
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Um something under 500k used. Probably should have qualified my price range better.
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Sundeer
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Re: Best high end used sailboat makes up to 60'

To do what? Andrew's are greatly fitted racers, Santa Cruz make a beautiful performance cruiser, Hinkley makes some amazingly fitted out boats, Sundeer makes the better heavy weather boats and are better thought out but don't have quite the fit of a Halberg.
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Pheon-built Vancouvers

This site might help you decide though. He also does consulting: Mahina Expedition - Selecting A Boat for Offshore Cruising
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Re: Best high end used sailboat makes up to 60'

Thanks for the recommendations. Long term want to save up for best live aboard that is a good cruiser for long distances in comfort. Ideally something under 300k is my target budget as I can save up few years and take a sabbatical. I've heard good things about Tartan, Jenneau and Benneteau but not sure if these are high end sail boats for passage making blue water trips.
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Re: Best high end used sailboat makes up to 60'

The ones you mention are not in the class of the suggestions you have been given. I would add Little Harbor to the list.
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Re: Best high end used sailboat makes up to 60'

Didn't we already do this on another thread re best under $500K or something like that?
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Thanks folks, I will get my experience in and sail different boats. I like Catamaran design but more expensive versus monohull sailing yachts.
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Catamarans also provide much more space than a mono of the same length. A 40' cat is generally compared to a 50' mono.

Boat buying is very subjective, and most of the recommendations here are for the very high end boats. Which tend towards the expedition high latitude cruisers. Great boats, but frankly overkill if you are doing the Med or the Caribbean. In these moderate weather, short hop locations it is perfectly reasonable to go to a lower quality boat with better accommodations. We had an Irwin in the Caribbean for 10 years and never had a problem with the boat, but then we only had green water break over the bow a handful of times.

The boats mentioned here could certainly do that, but were really built for the deep ocean crossings. Days from land, where storms and big waves are expected. Their capability are wasted just island hopping from one idyllic island to another. Much like the old lady who just drives to church and back always 5mph under the speed limit is a bit of a waste for a Enzo Ferrari. Certainly it gets the job done, and in style, but that's a lot of car to tootle around in.
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Any Morris designed by Chuck Payne.
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Consider the Passport, a Perry high performance cruising sailboat capable of taking you anywhere you want to go.
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