After reading the threads for hours I have decided it would be best to ask the experienced individuals on CS their opinion.
Moving to Seattle
in search of a liveaboard
(traveling from Denver, lack of sailing opportunities there) with minimal sailing experience. I am looking for a pocket cruiser
in the range of 24ft to 30ft. I realize many people might be uncomfortable in a small boat for a liveaboard
, however I have a very minimalist lifestyle. I work on the road and in my free time travel for months in Central and South America
. I am use to living out of a single
bag so i feel transitioning to a small boat will be an upgrade in every sense. I digress..
Live out of my car (nothing new there) while I hunt down the boats I have in mind. I have established contact with the handful of owners so I can inspect the boats in person during my first two weeks.
I intend to survey
the boats the best I can before hiring specialists to inspect professionally. Insuruance will be most likely liability only.
1982 Bayfield 25
The boat looks well maintained with many upgrades. Reviews
of Bayfield 25s seem to be very positive about how they sail and strong construction. I would like more draft
in a boat but maybe I just don't know enough.
1995 Benford 30 Sailing Dory
I know I should be wary of custom builds, especially for my first boat. The ad does not really elaborate on the construction detail, but plenty of pictures. The interior
looks recently painted which could be nothing, but it is hard to tell the if there were leaks
or screws. Access to engine
is amazing and Iike the idea that this could be a true blue water
boat. Pilot house is a bonus and lots of storage
for longer trips. I am concerned this might be too much boat for me with all the maintenance
and cost of mooring
at 30ft LOA
1981 Hinterhoeller Niagara 26
Once agin, really well maintained boat from the looks of it. Hinterhoeller is a well respected builder
and the reviews
favored the Niagara for strong construction. It has an outboard
which is really something I am looking for! Standing rigging
is 2003 so it might be time to replace. Headroom
is small. I am 6ft and feel it is not necessarily a requirement to having standing headroom
but sure is nice to have.
I plan to do coastal sailing around Puget Sound
for a few years before exploring british columbia
and beyond. I expect to be able to single
hand the boat with confidence, and with a small budget
I think the smaller the boat the better. I have been playing with the Idea of looking at some Flicka 20s to give me a better perspective of how small a liveaboard can be stretched.
Thanks for any input~