Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-03-2008, 16:19   #1
Registered User

Join Date: May 2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 7
Help me find the right boat

My wife and I are looking for a boat to sail away on. I'm trying not to be too picky with the layout, but I have a certain general layout in mind and it doesn't seem as difficult to find as it's turning out to be.

We want to have guests aboard as much as possible and look forward to sailing with a couple of kids. We want to buy a boat that is going to last us for a long time.

The layout I have in mind would provide 3 separate cabins - one for my wife and I and two smaller (one or two berths) that kids or guests can call their own. I love center-cockpit layouts that leave so much room in the aft. I wonder why I haven't found any layouts that divide the aft right down the middle creating two identical cabins. It seems like there's plenty of room. I also wouldn't mind if the master cabin was in the aft and the forepeak was divided into two separate cabins.

We're talking about a diesel, ketch rig (flexible), 44-50' boat under $150k. Any help would be appreciated.

jf
__________________

__________________
jeremyrfoster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 17:09   #2
Registered User
 
dcstrng's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: Oday30-B24
Posts: 581
Images: 52
<I wonder why I haven't found any layouts that divide the aft right down the middle creating two identical cabins…>

Not familiar with current vessels like that but some of the Caribbean charter boats of the 1970s and 80s offered exactly that – I remember seeing one at the Annapolis show many years ago and carrying the brochure for awhile – if you are interested in a boat of that vintage, you might check for one that came out of those fleets… those weren’t all that popular because the aft cabins became rather small, which didn’t appeal to many… can’t recall which vessel(s) offered that, but I’d start checking the usual charter suspects; larger Irwin, larger Morgan OI series, CSY (I think), etc., etc…
__________________

__________________
Larry
http://www.sailblogs.com/member/awing/
dcstrng is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 17:13   #3
Registered User

Join Date: May 2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 7
Small cabins

Thank you. I've looked at the Morgan and CSY but will look again. The small cabins don't bother me since they're either temporary homes for guests or permanent cubby holes for small children that will do most of their "living" in the salon anyway.
__________________
jeremyrfoster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 17:31   #4
Registered User

Join Date: May 2004
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 7
Grand Soleil 46

I found the Elan and the Grand Soleil 46 that have the layout I'm looking for. They're well out of my price range, however, but it's good to find that the layout exists. Any ideas on a more affordable model?
Here's a link to the Grand Soleil layout: http://newimages.yachtworld.com/1/5/...?1146774873000
__________________
jeremyrfoster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 18:14   #5
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Macatawa Michigan
Boat: Amanda Faye 61' Custom Irwin aftcockpit ketch
Posts: 1,414
Images: 106
The Irwin 52 in the "charter version" could be what you are looking for. The prices have gone up from a year ago when I would see some of them priced around $150k.
__________________
Gunner
irwinsailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2008, 10:28   #6
Registered User

Join Date: May 2003
Location: East Coast & Other Forums!
Posts: 913
You might find a Hylas 44cc from the mid-80's in that range. Excellent boat.
__________________
camaraderie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2008, 11:45   #7
Registered User
 
Nordic cat's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Denmark
Boat: FP Tobago 35
Posts: 721
Have you considered a cat? You can find a number of good cats that will offer what you want in the 38-42 ft range, 3 proper cabins, deckhouse saloon, redundant diesels... Good for retaining some privacy - all others in the other hull

Might be worth considering, especially if you let your admiral have a say, if she goes for a sail on one

Regards

Alan
__________________
Nordic cat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2008, 13:04   #8
Registered User
 
caribnsol's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Norfolk Va
Boat: Westerly Falcon 34
Posts: 148
I did not want to be the first, but have been patiently waiting for someone to say Cat !!!
__________________
caribnsol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2008, 13:22   #9
Registered User
 
Lightfin's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Kentucky
Boat: Ensenada 20
Posts: 178
Images: 1
You may want to check out the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 with the 3 cabin / 3 head layout. They are a comfortable, great sailing boat. Some of the late 90's, very early 2000's are getting close to your price range.
__________________
Lightfin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2008, 13:28   #10
Moderator Emeritus
 
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
Quote:
We're talking about a diesel, ketch rig (flexible), 44-50' boat under $150k.
The idea may be right but the budget is going to be tight except for a late 70's boat closer to 44 than 50 ft. The CSY if not ideal is closer to the budget. with a boat in this age you need about $30K in reserve for surprises and updates - minimum.

You probably need to be looking at a lot more brands of boats because in the end you are going to need the right boat at the right price and being too specific will leave you at the dock. It's also going to require something that has already been updated or at least a lot of it updated to make this work from just a budget perspective.

A quick trip to Yachtworld.com brought up 100 boats in the US between 44 and 50 ft in your price range. They cover a lot of variation. You might try some searches there to see what the market looks like. Condition may be the critical issue you need to consider that is hard to judge from an ad. You might further limit the searches to close to home and actually look at a few to better see yourself what boats you can afford look like up close.
__________________

__________________
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help me find a boat swabbmob Liveaboard's Forum 8 05-01-2008 16:25
Glad to find you! Janny Meets & Greets 4 22-10-2007 14:03
We are trying to find our old boat........ RonandKelly Meets & Greets 4 26-09-2006 13:52
Where can I find HVAC?? joneswilliams Off Topic Forum 2 07-06-2006 01:10
Does anybody know where I can find one of these? exposure Construction, Maintenance & Refit 4 28-02-2005 20:09



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 17:12.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.