OK, so I know there are hundreds of threads for "which boat should I buy to sail around the world"...and yes, I have read many of them.
The wife and I have 7 years until we plan to retire and set sail. At that time we will be in our 40s with enough saved to sail for 10-15 years. We plan to spend a lot of time in the Caribbean
and South Pacific
, but want a boat that will take us anywhere we want to go.
I know everyone has their opinion and "perfect boat" is a relative term. We live outside Seattle
and I have found the local sailing community very happy to take us out and show off their boats when I contact them. So, what I am looking for are recommendations for boats we should "test" sail (sail on) to narrow down what is right for us.
We have done some trips and decided for when we purchase
(5 years out):
1. 35-42 feet. For us, smaller is too cramped and we are neither comfortable single-handing larger.
2. Sloop/Cutter Rigged.
4. Protected rudder
or skeg hung)
6. No teak
of $100K. This will need to include boat purchase
Additionally, my wife really wants an aft cabin
but I have not been happy with the motion I've felt on center cockpits in this size range. Compromise advice would be appreciated.