Dear fellow sailors,
I am new to this forum. I am looking to purchase
a boat for "kindofliveaboard" and could use some help: however, unlike all the posts I have seen so far, I know pretty well what I want/need, so this time don't expect to get away with a "it depends" !
(and please, forgive me the English mistakes
, as it is not my first language)
Before starting: This request is actually quite a challenge. I have technical, comfort, and price
requirements, that require extended knowledge of all brands and models throughout the past 20 to 30 years and of the used market situation. If you don't have any answer, please simply do not answer. But don't tell me it doesn't exist. It does
So here is the situation:
- I am looking for a boat to liveaboard
together with my wife b/w 3 to 6 months per year, it is to say when I am not working in some random area of the world.
- Ideally I would keep the same boat for extended cruising
(up to 1 year) involving ocean crossings once in a while.
- I want to be able to singlehandle this boat, and do not have the budget
for a "fancy all electric", so I want to keep the size imperatively under 42". Also size comes with a price
and in the marina, so the smaller the better.
- b/w 30 and 42 feet. The smaller the better, as far as it matches other requirements.
- safe, strong, seaworthy
- low maintenance
- diesel engine
- complete electronic for offshore navigation
, recent or upgraded electric
system (nothing done in the US before 00', nothing done in Europe
before mid '80s).
- if it comes with correct standing rigging
so I don't have to change it all, better.(s/t winches, lines arriving in cockpit
, clean deck
- in good overall condition, hull
in excellent condition.
- simple rigging
setup (not a ketch
: less is best)
- center cockpit
is a plus.
- speed under sail is not a main requirement. Although I enjoy it, I understand I will have to compromise at some point (with budget
- the best stateroom/owner suite possible (mandatory: a queen size bed
or bigger, walkaround if possible, standing height in the berth). NOT A V-BERTH.
- a real good bathroom (mandatory: shower
, lavatory, enough space) - enough water storage
capacity (I think about 200g would do the job)
- a correct galley
(mandatory: 2 burners, ice box, stove, 1 sink. Ideal: 2 sinks, microwave).
- hot/cold water
would be great but not mandatory.
- good storage
- outside space!! Enough FLAT space to enjoy the deck
on sunny days or eat comfortably outside.
- correct number of ports
so I don't feel like it's night at midday when on the nav table.
- autonomy of at least 5 days (cooking/showering/using electricity): I don't know if it means a good battery
or if a generator
is necessary, I don't have enough knowledge here.
I do not care about anything else. 1 head
, 1 berth. No need for extra head, extra berths, extra space, big living room... All that is unnecessary to me and if I can avoid it, less things to pay for and care after.
- I want to keep it under 40k, ideally under 30k (USD). Before I get comments, I know it is possible. I saw a hunter
40 in mint condition at 45k and this boat had twice as much as I need. So why not a 33 or 32 with less stuff and space, in the same condition, for less than 30? I am ready to go up to 50k, but this would be for a real crush. Ok, it's a headache, but if it's easy it's not worth it
It just requires the ability to think out of the box. Of course I am not expecting a Beneteau
or a Cheoy Lee
to come as an answer.
Thanks to whoever feels like giving me a hint here.