Am narrowing my boat search down now that I have had a few years of exposure to sailing and completing my ASA
courses, as well as getting my first mate exposed to my passion.
Am ready to buy a boat and am looking for experienced input:
1.) will be based in Chesapeake. Will go down ICW
and out into ocean for 1-day runs. Will cross Gulf Stream
from No Name Harbor Key Biscayne to Bimini
for crusie through Bahamas/Exumas.
2.) Eventually cross down to D.R. and on to Virgin islands
3.) maybe in future Florida
4.) need comfort for first mate
5.) looking for bigger births than traditional 30 foot cruisers and we don't like to sleep in v-berth.
These are my list of six (6) top older boats for me:
Please give feedback as I want to distill these choices down to top 3 if possible and I am looking for folks who are more experienced than I.
I also realise that every boat and its condition is completely different and it csan be hard to compare as one 'better' model in crappy condition is worse than a lesser-rated boat in good condition. I know it all comes down to the individual condition of the individual boat. But, if everything else is equal, any feedback on these boats based on what I want to do:
39 MK ii
3.) Ericcson 38
38 Center Cockpit
Plus, any feedback on my feeling that I am biting off more than I can chew and so I have always liked the Island Packet
27, even though it does not have a bigger berth or a nav station - still conflicted about the less expensive costs for a smaller boat.
Thanks so much-
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