Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 27-04-2018, 01:29   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 3
Boat for Caribbean Sabbatical

Hello again CF,

This is my second post after lurking around CF for a while, the first being an introductory post with a bit more detail about us on the Meet & Greet section. Very briefly, we are a family of 4 (mum, dad and 2 boys 8 and 10 years of age) in Australia, looking to purchase a boat in the Caribbean for a one year sabbatical. Plan to buy (near the end of 2018), sail, sell, return to land.

So in typical fashion, what boat should I buy?

The short of it is:
- budget is limited: US$50~60K would be a dream, $60~75K maybe more realistic, $75~85K is really pushing my budget
- how SMALL can I go? I am thinking 39 to 41ft. Our family can squeeze in, be tight but be happy. Sure I’d love a 45 footer but no....
- 3 Cabins. In my mind this is the key factor. Family health will be better preserved with the privacy of each boy having their own space and mum & dad their privacy. There are not really 3 cabins in boats smaller than about 38’, or are there?
- Don’t want a project, don’t want an old boat. Would love a 2000 or newer boat. 70’s or 80’s boats don’t come with 3 cabins at that size, maybe after 43’ they do me thinks.
- Structurally sound boat (need it be said?)
- It’s not the dream boat (that will come later :-), it’s not a “bluewater” ocean crossing boat. We’ll spend the time island hopping in the Caribbean, hopefully Colombia, central America, Mexico, Fl, Bahamas maybe.
- I’m thinking a 1990/2000’s or newer boat will have more volume for the size, so I can keep boat size at the smaller end (39’?) and squeeze 3 cabins in?
- I like to sail and a boat that sails well is important to me. Don’t really go for heavy displacement, full keel, slowish boats.
- I like contemporary “european” lines and happy with practical plastic fantastic (thinking Jeanneau, Beneteau, Hanse, Bavaria (maybe? receivership?), Dufour. But also Cal, Ericson, Tartan?
- Ideally set up ready for cruising safely (comfort less important so no aircon, genset ...but yes fridge pretty please, solar/wind), nav gear can be on the more basic side
- Sloop or Cutter rigged, probably not a ketch. Skeg mounted rudder better than not but not a dealbreaker
- I love a sugar scoop transom. We love being in the water and live swimming and in/out all day long
- Large cockpit with benches I can sleep on
- Lastly, a boat with the better chance of reselling quickly and taking less of a hit. Some brands or age might be better than others?

So, with this budget am I dreaming? What brands should I be looking for (other than the Jeanneau / Bene / Hanse)? Can’t go much smaller (maaaaybe 37?) so go older? But then no 3 cabins… Would love to hear from the collective wisdom and sage opinions on this forum! Suggestions for specific models would be great.

Editing to add: budget is for the boat. I'd expect another (unrecoverable) $10 to $20K (hopefully not much more) to add a small bit of kit and upkeep. Then a separate budget for expenses other than boat.

I'm a handy kind of guy with mechanical inclination and can do many repairs myself (spent 15 years fixing all sorts of broken stuff on an 1973 Columbia 43, from replacing keel-bolts, glassing deck/hull joint, re-rigging, fising delaminated deck...not that I want to go there again!).

Reading other posts...wonder if anyone on the forum would rent their boat for a year?

And again apologies for such a long post!
Bambooboat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2018, 02:39   #2
Registered User
 
danielamartindm's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Boat: Leopard 39
Posts: 540
Re: Boat for Caribbean Sabbatical

Don't rule out Catalina or O'Day. With the three cabin stipulation, you'll be looking to buy well-kept larger, older vessels (as even newer, smaller sailing vessels will not have three separate cabins). Good luck.
danielamartindm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
boat, cal, Caribbean, rib

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which route for one-year-sabbatical? lak1981 Navigation 22 05-10-2014 13:37
Feasibility of an Atlantic Circuit on a very short Sabbatical? Dockhead Atlantic & the Caribbean 29 03-12-2012 16:54
Sailing Sabbatical - To Rent or Own? lj_atl Multihull Sailboats 8 18-02-2010 15:33
New Member Requests Help to Shortlist Sailboats for One Year Sabbatical Sailing Bushman Monohull Sailboats 2 17-02-2010 10:04
7-Month Sabbatical on Multihull in Carrabean wmagnan1 Multihull Sailboats 42 10-07-2009 14:09



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:40.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.