Hi, I am looking at a number of different boat options, generally low budget
boats from 27 up to 35 feet. My intention is to be able to circumnavigate on an open ended schedule which would allow me to explore different parts
of the world. Most of the boats that I am looking at (an alberg 30
would be a good example) have less than 5' of draft
(most closer to 4'). An alberg 35
would be an option with ~5'. One boat that I am seriously considering is a Lello 34 which seems very durable and meets all of my requirements but has over 6' of draft
(depending on the online source anywhere from 6'4" to 6'10").
Some of the areas that I am interested in spending time would be:
- Carribean (as well as the Bahamas
, where I have heard draft will be an issue)
- East coast
of south america
- South Pacific/New Guinea/Australia/NZ
and Greek isles)
So, all things being equal for the sake of discussion (i.e. skill level and preparation) would an alberg 30
with 4'3" of draft be preferable to a seemingly more seaworthy
lello 34 with 6'+ of draft? I plan on being conservative with weather
windows and I am not trying to break any records or win races so I will tend to not put myself into harms way when possible however I know things can happen. Also, if I am in a position to round one of the capes, I would consider it.
I know this is a personal call and there are many variables but for those who have done something like this, would the peace of mind of having a more seaworthy
boat like the Lello be worth the lack of access due to larger draft?