Things you should have and to consider:
and/or a wind generator
, a decent battery
bank, and a wind vane
Single-handers nap in the cockpit
when underway, the cockpit
seats must comfortably accommodate your body size. Your cockpit *will* need shelter and canvas
is surprisingly expensive.
Horse power is important in the PNW, which has substantial currents, and in the tropics where you may have to claw
off lee shores during storms, and dodge T-storms.
is a big part of cruising, and for most boats chain locker access means trips crawling across the V-berth.
Whether the tanks
are under the berths and seats or in the bilge
determines how much storage
you will have.
Beware, very, about metal tanks
, avoid metal holding tanks period. Aluminum
tanks have a 15 year lifespan - yes you will see older ones that appear ok, but aluminum
tanks have a 15 year lifespan - use that as a price
negotiating point and plan to renew the tank/s at some point.
Although others may disagree, I consider granny bars a requirement for going offshore
You got some great advice about the three boats from everybody so far, a few things I can add to help you:
Originally Posted by Peace_Seeker
I am very much an adventurer
I am too, as is my last husband (he is a wilderness guide), and none of those boats is suitable for an adventurous person and their lifestyle, *especially* the Herreshoff - that boat is a showboat not a cruising boat - you would spend more time varnishing than sailing.
The Bombay Clipper has a lot of beam for such a small boat, which combined with the outboard
shrouds means it will not point into the wind
well. Add the shallow draft
and voila, a boat that will not go windward at all because there isn't enough keel
to stop the boat from slipping backwards.
Another problem with that boat is the big, flat transom - following seas will shove it all over the place. A boat that sucks no matter which direction you try to sail! It really is a motor
sailer. Those davits
are seriously inadequate for going offshore
. Substantial davits
are expensive, but even if you can afford them it is better to keep the dink on the foredeck so the transom can have a windvane
An average wave can stove in the big windows and glass doors on Karelia - a glaring testament that you have no idea what you need or must avoid for a cruising boat; I second the advice of Terra Nova - for now spend your time learning
, not boat shopping
Another blunt reply, sorry about that.