just after some opinions to help me with my plans of getting my own yacht. ive got another thread here in dollars and sense that covers some of what im looking for cost wise but thought if i shared what my plans and ideas were i may be able to get some help to narrow down my choices.
the area i want to explore is the pacific and the many islands, good surf and spearfishing up that way. i am looking into what type of boat will suit this best, realising that there are many different opinions on this. what im trying to figure out is the balance between something that will be safe, sturdy and comfortable enough and something that may be more than is necessary for cruising in that area, im not planning on heading too far south and so most my time will be based up in the tropics.
have been told that something with shallow draught is a bonus for the shallower reef passes but would still like some blue water
stability and wondering what other ideas other people had out there as far as design went or any other thoughts of what would suit the plans and this area.
i have been thinking along the lines of a ketch
as the smaller sail area can make it a but easier to handle, as i do not want to have to wait for other crew if i need to move somewhere, and have thought of looking for a steel hull
as well. these are not set in stone and i am still in the process of working out what will suit my style the best, while trying to figure out my style. i have given myself another 6-8 months to find the right one.
any help and opinions would be appreciated. thanks. josh