I will most likely start a long term (five years?) cruise
around the world cruise
starting in 6-9 months and single
handed. I'm living in Sweden
but given the weak dollar and the amount of second handed good US cruising boats i plan to buy one in the US. I haven't settled on the route
yet but will most likely also cruise the not tempered latitudes. Like to see Alaska
and will for sure go to northen Europe
, but most of the time i will cruise the tropics.
I'm not an experienced cruiser yet, but have cruised with my family
from San Francisco
down to Mexico
and back and I also cruised the Bahamas
for about 3 months. So i think I have the experiance to get started and learn more as I go. I have sailed my whole life though but mostly racing
high performance dinghies on international level.
First step is to narrow down what boat to look at. I will do this single
handed so i think the right size of boat is around 37-42 feet. We all have personal preferences and given my racing
background boats like Hans Christian, Tayana, Pacific Seacraft
, Valiant does not appeal to me. I recognize they are excellent yachts to sail around the world.
I'm also tall at 6'6". I pullman berth seems like an great layout as i plan to live for 5 years on the boat and i don't like the idea of sleeping in a V-berth for that long.
Oh yes, then it's the budget
. I like to be able to get on the water
for about $150K.
So far the boat i think i like the best is the Caliber 38 and the Passport 40 looks good too which can be had for $150K twenty years old. Somehow the Island packet
38 appeals to me too, but i don't like the long keel
as its probably slower than the other two.
Given above, are there other boats i should be looking at. If there is something that sails
better it would clearly be good. I looked (on the web) on Sabre
and Tartans (same age). Great quality sailboats but are they up for the task and how about the interior
volume and head
room. On the other side of the spectrum, how about a newer Beneteau
. I did the SF-Mexico cruise in my at the time Catalina
380 (great headroom). Great family
cruiser but i'm not sure about i as a world cruiser, but I've seen people recomending a Vega (Swedish) and if you can do it in a Vega you must be able to do it in anything.
Looking forward for your suggestions.