Many cruisers will happily share their maintenance
costs with you, but they can be unintentionally misleading. No one sets out on the kind of cruise
you contemplate without a significant inventory of spare parts
, repair materials, and tools. So, active cruisers tend to think that the new fuel filter
belt, prop, etc. cost them nothing because they had a spare.
Don't know anything about the west coast/Pacific, but when you get to the Caribbean/Bahamas, you will not be painting your boat every 2 or 3 years. The boats you are talking about are big, heavy, full keel
(I think), and slow. In Caribbean
waters they will quickly become much slower because of the stuff that will grow on them. Plan to do hauling and antifouling evry year.
The only CSY
44 I was ever on had a 6 1/2 foot draft
. This was in the Bahamas
and I was on it to help after it ran aground. Don't know if there's a shoal draft
version. But shoal draft is definitely more desireable in the Caribbean
in general, and the Bahamas
in particular. If you were only going to be cruising in this area, I would vote for the Morgan