I agree with tom1263 that there are a lot of other boats out there. I also wonder about the consideration of stretching the budget to a newer boat. You don't mention anything about equipment
. Make no mistake - when equipping your boat for a circumnavigation you will need to spend a LOT of money
, windgen, windvane
, raft, dinghy
, NAVTEX, upgraded plotter if needed, SSB
, modifications such as larger tanks
etc, the list is near endless (or rather: it can be, each of these items are a personal choice). Go and do a proper spreadsheet on what you need and what it will cost.
It may be a better option to buy a yacht that has already done a circumnavigation, but that depends on the state that it is in. It may be tired and in need of repairs
. My own boat looked perfect and got a very good survey
result but I still replaced all the rod rigging
, the sails
, the electronics
, sea cocks, batteries and many other things. So be aware of the additional cost to get your boat ready.
But in any case, if I were you, I would do a lot more research
on suitable boats and go and look at them in person. If you get back to the Beneteaus then at least you know WHY you chose them.
I'm not sure if the 36.7 always has 3 double berths, but if it does, it would not be my choice of boat for a circumnavigation. There seems to be hardly any stowage room. Fuel
capacity is also very low at 20 gallons.