Originally Posted by Pelagic
Since you are already an experienced cruiser I think before any of us could offer any useful advice you would need to realistically evaluate and answer these basic questions and share them with us.
- Is the boat seen as an alternative residence 2, 3, 6 months of the year, or is it primarily used for local cruising with the occasional offshore jaunts away from the UK during the season?
- Do you have in mind a longer transoceanic journey away from the UK, with winters in the tropics?
- Regardless of size, cruising boats have maintenance issues. Are you comfortable and capable of doing your own, or would you prefer to develop an infrastructure where the boat is well maintained where-ever she might be, without your need to be always hands on?
- Is that the primary reason you return to the UK?
- In a scale of 1-10 (ten being highest priority) …How important are the creature comforts you enjoy on your present boat?
- Other than the complexity of yacht management for your present boat, what are the things you do not like about her, that would justify a change?
- What is your “pipe dream” as far as what a new boat could offer you?
I hope the above will give us some clarity in what you wish to achieve
Thank you for the post, I've already given serious thought to the questions you pose. I'll answer them, but first some background on the reason why I have my present boat.
At Uni and in the forces I met up with a group of women who became my life long friends, a couple of them had cruised with me over the years and the other three had dreams of doing so but life always got in the way. When I bought New Horizons she was to be the vessel that took us all around the world in style. We were all available and keen to get about it. The past 18 months has been in preparation for that, mainly teaching my friends seamanship skills and me learning
how to fix everything on the boat. In that regard I already considered myself reasonably competent but some systems I'd never encountered before. Electronics
is still a closed book but redundancy has gone a long way to quell any worries in that department. I've also still got my trusty sextant
and paper tables
Last February one of my friends died after a battle with cancer and shortly after another had a very serious car accident
which has left her with great difficulty walking. She's very unlikely to ever cruise
again. The contretemps on our last shakedown cruise
has convinced two more of the crew that they don't want to cruise. We are down to two and whatever the builder
has to say about a 67 foot boat being handled by two people, it's not going to be ideal.
The boat is my only real home, I have a cottage that I rent out on a long term lease
, as does my sole remaining crew.
As I've mentioned above, we planned a long term circumnavigation
and our last trip was supposed to be the start with a haul out
in Spanish Morocco
for new bottom paint
and prop speed, with provisioning
around late October.
I don't need or want to be dependent on others to do routine maintenance and if need be, I can almost rebuild
the main engine
from spares on board.
Creature comforts would be around the 5 mark for me, probably around the 7 mark for Sue.
It's hard to say what I don't like about my present boat except for the number of complicated systems. Is it possible to fall out of love with a boat? The last trip changed my feelings about her and I suppose there is some transference taking place but she doesn't delight me any more.
New Horizons is a compromise, ocean capable but no heeling, a condo on the water
bought specifically with the rest of the crew in mind.
My dream boat – I'm very taken with the Fisher
that 'DOJ' found and I'm arranging a viewing mid way through September.