My search has been focuses on catamarans so far, but I want to investigate mono's as well. There are so many choices to sort through that it seems a little daunting. I'd like help making a short list of boat makes and models to help me focus my search.
The plan is to go full live aboard with my wife and our 2 sons and cruise
the world. Since we will have a constant crew of 4 and will want the room for guests, I'm thinking we need to be around the 50' range for comfort and storage
. I'd like the ability to cruise
in both tropical and cold climates. No trips to Antarctica, but some of the cooler spots in Europe
and the Netherlands
are definitely on the agenda. I can fix just about anything so repairs
and upkeep aren't a big deal though I would like to avoid boats with chronic problems in key areas. I'd like a reliable hull
and strong deck
not prone to leaks
. I think I'd prefer fiberglass
as a hull
seems problematic and steel
seems like a nightmare but I don't have any experience with either as a hull material so I'm willing to be educated. I'm also not so sure how much bearing I should put on the age of a boat. It would seem to me that as long as properly maintained, any well designed hull should last indefinitely.
So there you have it, let me know what makes and models have reputations for strength and reliability
. Most everything else is trivial at this point.