Iím looking to set out on an ~5 year bluewater cruise
. I target to spend around $150K on the boat sail away ready. I will start alone but want to be able to take on guests. Given that Iím also quite tall at 6í6Ē, I think that ~40 foot is the right size.
Iím 50y old and have been racing
high performance dinghies in International level most of my life. My cruising experience is much more limited, but I have done a 2 months cruise
up/down the California
coast on a Catalina
380 as well as a 2 months in the Bahamas
boats are a trawler
for cruising and for sailing a 19 feet sports boat which Iím single-handing from the trapeze including gennaker
(600 lbs boat, 500 sqf sail). Here lies my problem. I really like high performance sailboats but this might be opposite of an ideal single
handed world cruiser.
Iím going around and around on boat choices and to start off Iím thinking in terms of major priorities.
Comfort on the hook. I believe that most of the time is spent on the hook so being comfortable should be highest priority. Most of the time is probably spent in the cockpit
so they should be spacious and comfortable.
Fun to sail Island hopping. To me this is performance. When family
sailing I always run around tuning the boat (the racer
in me that will not go away)
Comfortable and safe ocean crossing
. Off course I donít want to die, but I rather being uncomfortable on a 3 weeks ocean crossing
and have the perfect boat when arrived at the new local cruising grounds. What is safe enough is of course a thought Iím wrestling with especially as I want to be able to single
hand it across an ocean.
To start with I been thinking the Caliber 38/40 to be the ideal boat for me but Iím starting to change my mind and two other boats are now on top of the list:
First 42s7: Great sailing performance with a decent floor plan the most negative being the galley
which likely is far from ideal at sea. Given the design is to withstand offshore racing
it should be strong enough for ocean passage
making. My biggest concern is whilst I think it can handle tough ocean weather
with a crew Iím less sure about it single handed (when **** happens more hands help)
393: Great boat on the hook and good headroom
(Iím 6í6Ē). Doesnít sail as well as the 42s7 but certainly better than the Caliber. In terms of safety
, its interesting that only two out of 30+ evaluated Beneteaus (393, 473) have a STIX number greater than its length. The Bene 393ís STIX is at 43, the same as an example the IP 370.
I donít want to start another Bene / blue water
debate, but looking for inputs of other suitable boats for me meeting following criteria:
- $150K sail away price
- Better sailing performance than Caliber 38/40
- Comfortable interior
with good headroom
- Ocean crossing capable single handed.
- The newer the better but not older than 1990
Thanks and Cheers