Originally Posted by bearkeley
Hi - starting our search for an older monohull
that we can use the next couple of years on the Chesapeake Bay as we approach retirement
and wanted some advice on specific boats, size or features to consider. A little more about us....
- dreaming of a cruising lifestyle in the future...planning to take a liveaboard ASA
104 course and learning to sail / confirm interests over the next two years while we still have our home on the bay (we have very basic sailing experience)
- power boaters who spend most weekends fishing
, but after another year of 6k in repairs
to our out drive, deciding it's time to switch to sailing!
- weekend sailing this year, cruising as much as we want to when we retire next year
- we don't need a lot of headroom
but prefer more light / windows; we are handy but prefer to enjoy sailing over repairing a boat (at least until we fully retire next year)
- budget not more than 30k
unless you guys think I should consider more....
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You have already gotten a lot of good advice from others here. My comments are influenced by a few things you wrote in your introduction
above (see the bolded points). While I don't own these boats, I have considered moving to Chesapeake and have looked for a boat that would satisfy several of my desires (to explore or go gunk holing) and to keep it easy to sail for single
Given the desire to sail from your own bayside home dock
and the limit depth
at your dock
, I think the following boat would be very suitable and perhaps preferable for several reasons.
1. It is from a reputable builder
who has built a reputation for quality products.
2. It is designed for shoal draft cruising like the Chesapeake.
3. A used boat
in this model (1989) can be purchased for about HALF ($18K) of your initial budget
*($30K). This boat could then be used as you learn to sail over the next few years and while you still have a water
home with dock, this boat can be docked at YOUR dock (no marina fees). The ready access to your own boat at your own home would allow you to spend more time with the boat and to get on and off the water easily (I assume your house is in a location where you would enjoy sailing from it).
This is not a "big ole livaboard" boat (that fits a limited purchase budget
but little else).
As I see it, IF I were a beginner like y'all and IF I had a bayside home with a dock (but shallow depth) I would purchase
something like this, learn and enjoy it while you have your own bayside home and dock. Later, if you really enjoy the Bay cruising AND sailing (something new to you) then consider a different boat for further voyages IF you feel this one is too small. But, I suspect you might find this boat VERY nicely sized for ICW
cruising and for much of Florida
and for Chesapeake too. Once you "downsize" and decide to go cruising, you might find that this boat is all the boat you need.
Also, because the boat can be found for about HALF of your initial budget ($30K), you will have money
still in the cruising kitty.
That's how I see it.
Com-Pac 27/3 from Com-Pac Yachts
NOTE: Draft is only 3' 6"
Photos of this model of boat:
Com-Pac 27/3 Photo Gallery
Here is one on the market on Yachtworld for $18K
1989 Com-Pac 27 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
A clip of the comments on this boat from the sale
"Traditional styling, solid construction and a timeless design all combine to make the Com Pac 27/2 the perfect extended cruiser. Her shoal draft keel makes her an ideal choice for gunkholing the shallows of the Chesapeake Bay. Originally designed by Bob Jonson, founder and lead designer of Island Packet, the Com Pac 27 was first introduced in 1986 and still remains in production to this day.
Below decks, you’ll be amazed at the abundance of interior space. Remarkable head room and a well designed layout make this 27-footer feel much larger than she is. She’s designed to sleep six with opposing settees in the salon that convert to double bunk berths port and starboard while the roomy v-berth provides private sleeping quarters for two. A fully enclosed head compartment is amidships to starboard opposite the fully equipped galley to port at the base of the companionway. Com Pac’s use of woods throughout, including the teak and holly soles and solid headliner give her an elegant look. With her eight opening brass ports, two deck vents and two large opening hatches, ventilation is a…breeze!
Topsides the Com Pac 27/2 is easy to move about. Her uncluttered wide side decks, lifelines and full length teak hand-holds make her safe to get to and work the foredeck under any conditions. With her roller-furling genoa, all handling lines leading aft and wheel steering, she’s a cinch to single-hand. Whether you’re new to sailing or a seasoned expert, you’ll surely appreciate her agility and stability whether in a strong blow or a gentle bay breeze. …she was designed for comfortable, safe handling and cruising…which she does beautifully.
(Located in Chesapeake.)
She’s is seriously for sale."
Notice that last line. Sounds like time to visit it and see about negotiating with the owner to find it a new bayside home.
I am also attaching two photos of the Com-Pac 27. Nice looking boat for the size.
And I am adding 4 photos of a different model the "Horizon Cat" by Com-Pac. It is shorter at 20 feet LOA
and is able to be trailered. That is something to consider. It is very roomy in the cabin
and I think it would be a lot of fun for exploring the ICW
and shallow water areas of Florida
, the Carolinas, Georgia
Sea Islands, Keys, etc.