Sincere thanks to all who have replied, both serious and sarcastic! I am getting so much useful info from your thoughts and from reading up on the various links you've provided. I didn't mean to come off as a snobby sailing Princess or a clueless newbie either.
We both have significant sailing experience having crewed on Other Peoples Boats in the Florida
coastal waters, Bahamas
and some chartering. I've also crewed on a few boats off the Atlantic coasts of Europe
and through the Med and into the Adriatic
. My favorite boat so far was a fantastic 45 Alubat Ovni
which handled the stormy waters of the Bay of Biscay with absolute ease. But seriously expensive and rare to find in the US. Garcia and Allures are beautiful. But I am not sure how easy it would be to find repairs
for aluminum boats on this side of the pond.
Again, other than our personal day sailers (Laser, Sunfish, Flying Scot), almost all our cruising experience has been on OPB's. It is a big shift to consider which direction to go when buying
and outfitting our own cruiser.
Priorities so far:
Given our initial cruising grounds - shallow draft
, CB swing or lifting keel
Given our ages - Reasonable sail area, stable underway, electric
winches and windlass
, lines to cockpit
, easy to traverse deck
and sides, probably CC and cutter
rigged. We do love the feel of a balanced boat under sail at a good heeling angle but are actually considering a Cat for the 80/20 dock/ocean ratio we've both found to be true. Though I didn't intend for my post to get moved to the Multi page - it did give some interesting feedback.
Given our comfort druthers - Three cabin
, two heads, redundant power sources (solar, wind
but prob not generator), great refrig and freezer
, modern electx. Manual heads or possibly compost.
Given our conservative risk tolerance and relative inexperience in maintaining a boat - something in the 5 - 10 yr old category with excellent owner maintenance history
, proven durable construction, and possibly a known factory which is still in business, easy to obtain service
. One suggestion was to buy an older model and have the factory do the restoration
. We live near Island Packet
so that seems a possibility.
So yes we've begun to develop our priorities and to be sure there is no perfect answer but I do gain insight and confidence listening to your collective wisdom and experience. Thank you!
As to the Multi-vs-Mono Hull
question I have never sailed a Cat. But in response to many who suggested it - we are going to charter
a Cat in the Bahamas for a family
spring break trip. It's somewhere to start.
Thanks to all. I am value your insights and am reading everything you've posted.