Morning from germany
, i am just thru with all the same considerations and because living / sailing in germany
i sail / see and talk to Hanse, Bavaria
owner quite often because our ports
are full of these boats. Then there are a number of HR , najad
and Maloes, some swan and many for you unknown danish boats. All our boat fairs are full of the a.m. brands so i assume i have some overview, especially while working together with a yard for winter storage
All the new boats are doing there job in coastal sailing, they are cheap
and easy to maintain in the baltic
and the med.
Old ones before 1990 i would say are really nice and good built boats because all this new companies wanted to enter the market and to compete with scandinavian boats. I would say 20 year old bavaria
/ benetau are much better then the new ones. here the market is only driving by the charter
companies in the MED asking for cheap
big boats with a lot of berths and heads to afford chartering such a boat. You need 6-8 people to get they charter
rate of some thousand euro per week togehter.
Now they getting bigger,simpler and cheaper every year, which is ok for weekend cruising but dont forget they also safe money
at the rigging
, the stainless steel
, and esp. the woodwork. To install sleeping areas is much cheaper than a good built cabinet with drawers etc. SO storage
is a very big problem.
use is asking for more: safe feeling, good motion in seas, protected rudder
, storage space, big lockers for biycycles, inflatable
spares etc. good tankage for diesel
but not 3-4 heads and 8 berths, good seaberth, heavy anchor
and space for chain, chain roller,
This was my topic to look for and i bought a 44 feet aluminium boat with a protected rudder
, only 4 beds , 2 heads but 52 storage compartments, 1000 L water
and 500l diesel
Forget the brandnames and look for the boats using the a.m items for offshore sailing.
I am comming from a nordic folkboat
and my parents had a 35 feet longkeelr so i like the nice motion of such boats in heavy seea which give me a secure feeling in a deep cockpit
, but this is a personal feeling.....