Looking for a stable but also fast live aboard cruiser in the 40ft range I found many offers but only a few are fitting into my requirements of two seperate cabins and two
heads, beside standing headroom
and sufficient bunk length for a 6'4" tall sailor.
75% odf the cruising life takes place at anchor
therefore I personally would prefer a deck salon
but there are nearly none around which are fulfilling the mentioned requirements.
A huge cockpit
and uncluttered deckspace is essential for cruising the tropics. That's why I looked on flushdeck boats.They have the portholes in the hull
and you can look outside when sitting down.
Center cockpits are usually smaller than the aft ones except walkovers. And then the question of sloop
rig. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. For single
handling a ketch
seems to me easier on the other hand is the mizzen boom always in the way and the aft deck
is less usable. With the modern furling
main sail systems (not in-mast) a huger mainsail
can be handled, too.
And nowadays we have a buyer's market. I don't worry about some TLC, which is usually always required but I dislike to spend a year before the boat is ready to go.
boats are my preference. They're heavy built, they're proven and you can't pay for this quality today.
I like Bruce Roberts
designs but what about Coronado and Morgan
I would like to discuss my thoughts over here to get additional inputs for my ideas.
Thanks for your time and happy sailing,