So here is the deal:
I have been sailing for about 7 or 8 years. I owned a 32 foot Hunter
326, averaged 45+ days a year out of our slip. Motor
sailed from Corpus Christi to Tampa (31 days living aboard
with my wife), and at the end of the trip we decided that a bigger boat and a longer trip were in order. As a result I am back at work for a few more years. At the end of this, I will fully retire and we will be in the market for a bigger boat.
Based on all of my research
, and walking on boats and sailing with friends and going to boat shows etc. I have narrowed the search down to an Island Packet
. This is not about which brand of boat is best, they are all a compromise, and in our case this is what works for us.
Long story to get where I am going, I will need a surveyor
who knows Island Packets, is willing to travel (the boats that I am looking at are rarely near each other). I expect to narrow the search down to 2 or maybe 3 boats, then get surveys on the most likely and deal with that boat. Obviously I am starting my search for the surveyor
before I actually start the search for the boat.
I know that it will cost some $$$ to get a survey
from a good surveyor when he/she has to travel some distance, but if the surveyor is good/great at what they do and actually are familiar with the Island Packets it should be worth what I am willing to pay.