My wife and I went through this stuff last year. After looking around and getting advice about how we should not buy a Hunter
and should purchase
a "blue water" cruiser, we bought a Hunter 34. The boat is in GREAT shape with a nice 350 hour Yanmar
We couldn't be happier with our choice of a well cared for older Hunter. It is easy to sail and has more than enough room to make my wife (and me) happy.
I wouldn't take the boat across an ocean but I certainly plan on taking it to the Bahamas
I see so many people buying
WAY more boat then they will EVER need. It's kind of sad! People sitting in a harbor on cramped blue water
boats getting ready for a world cruise
that will never happen.
Our plan was to spend a little as possible on a boat big enough to make us happy. Learn to sail her as best as possible. Then sell it to buy a boat of our dreams.
Damn if the cheap
one we bought turned out to cover everything we plan to do.
If you like a boat and it fits your needs, GO FOR IT!
is FULL of information about things to watch out for. Check the owners groups. Gather as much information as you can so that you can be your own initial surveyor
. This way you can rule
out unworthy boats before paying a proffesional.
Once you find a good candidate, hire a surveyor
Good luck and don't be led into buying
a boat which is not suitable for what YOU plan to use it for.