For sometime now we (my wife Samdy and I) have been researching the best yacht to cruise
around the world. We have limited experience (but are learning
fast) I am ex Royal Navy
, my wife a landlubber until recently. We have been living on boats (power, not sail) for the last 6+ years. We have caught fire once out at sea and survived physically and emotionally intact. We have sought advice, read a library and have come to the conclusion that the best boat is a compromise. So what do we want?
1. something costing less than 60K UK pounds.
2. 38 to 40 feet LOA
(Accomodation for us and to allow our two grown up children
, husbands, wives and maybe later children
to visit in reasonable comfort: room for a generator
, a watermaker
, stores, safety equipment
everything we own - we do not have a house).
3. A boat that will be easily handled by two and able to be handled by one weaker crew member
with li,ited strength.
4. survivable on a cruising income
of 1000 uk pounds per month with an emergency
fund of £20k.
5. Able to explore the coasts of the world but cross the oceans to get there
6. Safe - reliable- will forgive me when (not if) i make a mistake.
A tall order.
We have read and talked to many - famous and unknown and I have come to the conclusion that I need a bilge
, deep fin keeled yacht, medium displacement
, GRP, old, modern cruiser, a Beneauteau, Moody, Westerly, Endurance, etc...
Yes you get the message - I'm as confused as when I started. One question that seems to be poorly covered though is the choice between centre cockpit and aft cockpit.
What are the advantages and disavantages of these designs for serious blue water