First let me say that I know nothing about boats other than what I have learned in the last 6 - 9 months. However, my signifigant other and I have decided in the next 5 years we are going to sell everything and live aboard.
Our goal is to live aboard for a few years and continuing to work while prepping for retirement
and cruising the world, or at least the east coast
Requirements are a large queen berth situated so neither of us have to climb over each other (her #1 as a matter of fact), ability to coastal or blue water
sail, and of course a sturdy boat with good sailing characteristics.
We have examined many boats, first serious contender was the Endeavour
42 (which is still on the list). We then looked at the factory boats but they all look like their woodwork was done by Ikea. I like catamarans (lots of room and fast) but alot of money
So, after much internet
time and with the input of a very salty friend I arrived at the Bristol 43.3. She is a very good sailing boat (thanks Me Hood), center board that will allow shallow access, nice center cockpit
design with HUGE aft stateroom and berth.
The boats I am seeing have already had the electronics
and roller furling/in mast/boom reefing added, so they are good to go out of the box.
What I am looking for is anyone that has experience with these boats, and to get their impressions, things to look for, things that go bad, areas of concern, as well as how well does she sail, how fast, etc.
Any help any of you have would be very much appreciated.