I am driving myself nuts on my next purchase
Always having some sort of boat
( have a 21 ft walk around cuddy ) fishing boat
, that needs engine
Since Wife & myself are retired we were discussing getting a larger cruiser Spending time together on the water
Many trips too view boats , driving 100 - 150 plus miles, eating out, sleeping out.
Boat looked nothing like pictures . After close fights, getting angry with myself falling for traps.
We became very untrusting of brokers, & sellers . Sort of put it on hold .
In my local travels stumbled across a 2004 30 ft Regal Commodore cruiser
Boat was in very good shape. Came on a trailer
twin gas engines.
is beautiful , rose wood appointments, cold air
Becoming boaters , loving marina life , voyages on boat.
Regal is a weekender , not enough room . Aft cabin
tight , bathroom tight
Twin gas engines burn fuel
that stops the average person from making any voyages.
Regal packed twin engines, generator
, so tight into engine
room that almost impossible too preform any work
Telling wife would it be nice too load boat, dogs
and both of us travel too keys or some romantic place cruising a month or longer .
I have a trailer for Regal .
Too much boat too trailer like a do my smaller boat.
Regal empty is 8000 lbs. You know there will be some water
so lets figure 8500 lbs towing
9.6 beam . I have a older ford gas job 350 but not fun trailering . TOO BIG
Travel on the water is the adventure not loading boat on trailer and travel route
95 and head
south too Keys.
SO HERE IS MY QUESTION
I wanted a sail . - Of coarse budget
. Nothing higher then 75 thousand .
I am not selling my home living aboard
a 200 thousand boat .
I like going home
Regal hopefully will sell for 55 thousand
Another issue is my age I am a very healthy 69 . Wife is not healthy
and can not assist with sails
or anything physical
I don't have time left in my life too make mistakes
What boat should I look for ? In Sail
I have spent a week on a Bennetau over 40 footer.
30 ft Tartan
30 ft Catalina
Also in my thoughts is a Trawler
Sport Fisherman has room , many are diesels burn fuel, not designed for long trips
All roads lead back too a sail boat . BUT which MFG ? within budget
Must have comforts of home and similar cabin appointments like the Regal
What mfg should I zero in on
I keep my regal at Cape Canaveral and my plan is too stay in general area.
At my marina is a Hunter
38 I always eye ball when passing by but never saw owner. Boat just sits
Wanting too sell Regal and adding some funds for turn key vessel