Originally Posted by Corto_Maltese
My girlfriend and I are looking to order a new boat under 24m (78') on which we would spend the next 5-6 years cursing around the globe.
is not an issue. Considerations are: safety
, ease of handling, performance/speed, looks (interior and decks) and comfort. Most of the time it would be two of us + dog. Occasionally we would have visits from friends and family
. Additionally, we plan to hire 2 additional crew members for longer cross ocean passages.
We narrowed down to these three:
- Nautor's Swan 78
- Hanse 675
- Oyster 675 / Oyster 745
From all 3, Hanse has the best looks, but I have read lot of issues from owners who bought a new boat. Personally I do not have experience with Hanse.
- proven as a good bluewater
Swan - my favorite, great performance and sleek likes (which might be ruined a bit after equipping the boat for long cruises - solar/wind generators..etc)
Experience, pro/cons? All 3 are great boats when it comes to safety
and ease of handling. In the meantime we plan to charter
boars from all 3 builders.
Good for you. I wish I could kick off long term too.
Forget the Hanse - I am surprised it is an option for you, it is great value, but not at all as nicely built as the other two. I think Swan / Oyster is a toss up. I prefer Oyster as I like the lines and so often the Swans are a bit cave like, but their raised saloon
options may be as good. Performance wise Swan may have a slight edge, but probably not so much that you would miss it.
If I were buying money
no object I would go custom from a Dutch yard. You can't get what I would want in the off the peg options in the sizes you mentioned. I would want a raised saloon
, which I have now. Oyster may build you a one off in their boats, you would need to ask. Or get a bigger Oyster, where it is standard.
I would also want an all weather helm
, a dinghy
garage, lifting keel
, twin rudders and quite a bit of attention to performance and systems.
I would also consider a cat. I expect it to win on the comfort issue. I might have gone for the Gunboat, but they only make the 55 now under Outremer
. A 66 second hand may work. I have no experience with them. A charter
would be useful. The problem with cats is I haven't yet seen one that makes my pulse raise.
That said, none of this really matters much. Your attitude matters most and you should have a great time in anything. Go for it.