My wife and I are now officially "seriously looking" at boats. Over the past couple of days we have looked at a number of boats and there are 2 we are seriously interested in.
Both of these offer things we really like. This is a classic "smaller, better sailing" vs "larger with lots more room" scenario. We are looking for a boat to liveaboard cruise
full time with our 2 kids
ages 7 and 11 and we have active grandparents who will visit. We anticipate cruising the eastern US, caribbean
and hopefully to the south pacific
and New Zealand
. Tell me your thoughts as we are finding this a very hard decision:
The first boat is a Stevens 47. The boat is pretty nice, mechanically it is good, the rigging
is good and the sails
are close to new. The boat is very well setup to sail very well. The interior
is in only fair condition and would require some woodwork and varnishing work. This boat also has no generator
, old engine
driven fridge and freezer
that would need replacing, no A/C which is not a giant deal but we would prefer, the electronics
are old. The boat would probably need $45K - $55K of upgrades over the next couple of years to be ready to go for us but the price
is such that this would be in budget
The other boat is a Transpac 49. My wife absolutely fell in love with this boat the minute she went below. It offers a good bit more interior
room and the interior layout is fantastic. The master cabin
is huge with a great layout, the other two cabins offer much more space, it has a separate shower
stall and I really like the fact that it has a separate mechanical spaces room with a vise and space to store gear
and work on stuff. This boat has a 85hp Ford Lehman engine
(the Stevens has a Yanmar
turbo 85hp). She also has a westerbeke generator
and other cruising gear
. The Transpac is a 44,000lb boat... the Stevens is 10K less.
The Transpac is ketch
rigged with sitka spruce spars. I have huge concerns about this. The standing rigging
appears old and I would want replaced, the sails
are ancient and would need to be all replaced but the spars themselves seem in excellent condition and are awlgripped. But from what little info I can find, the Transpac 49 was supposed to have come with a double spreader aluminum
mizzen. So I have big questions about the history
of this rig and if she is in fact carrying a full sail plan. Also, all the downsides to wood spars are a worry.
Who knows.... if the price
is right... what would it cost to totally re-rig the Transpac?
The Transpac also has teak
decks in fair to decent shape and plenty of teak
brightwork. I love how it all look.... but do not find varnishing particularly fun.
My biggest concern is sailing. The Transpact seems like she would sail like a pig. But the ketch
rig would make sail handling easier (the mainsail
on the Stevens is massive... VERY Powerful). Could a Transpac be rigged to improve the sailing ability to make it tolerable? I really do not want to motor
Then again, 90% of the time is spent at anchor
and the Transpac is in a whole different league when it comes to interior comfort, space and gear.
Thoughts and opinions welcome!!!