Hello everyone, I have just joined Cruisers Forum today, having picked up the "What is a good cruising Sailboat" thread on Google
I have the same question, but perhaps have a little more detail.
I have a fairly varied small sail boat experience, mostly on the Chesapeake. I have some more recent larger boat experience In British Columbia
on a (gulp power boat) so, I have some familiarity with larger boat systems.
Ultimately, I would like to do some passage
making in blue water
, say to New Caledonia
on my way to New Zealand
on my way to Australia
. Possibly a trip to the Mediterranean
. I know I have a great deal to learn; I was thinking about live aboard coastal crusing and the Caribbean
for the first two years of what I expect to be a 5 year odyessy.
I am pretty mechanical and can be a mechanic
, electrician, rigger, plumber, sailmaker
, and more? (sailmaker would require a bunch of learning
, but I do have a needle and palm).
My requirements are:
$300,000 or less.
(no atomic 4's - could refit
short handed crew
What I think my desires are:
37-47 ft LOA
Not a Salon Cabin
(just my preference)
I was first intriged by an Island Packet
42. Everyone I talked to was complimentary of the quality of the boat, but many made coments about the speed. Also this is a little pricy.
I sailed an Atlantic 47 in Greece
for a week last year and came to love the twin steering
I became very interested in Catalina
470. With the fin keel
and short mast
options, I could use it on the ICW
and in the Carrbbean. Price
is within limits. Fast sleek and sexy, but I wonder about seaworthiness in true blue water
At the other end of the spectrum, a Tayana 37
would appear to be a very sturdy sort of boat the could do the type of things I want to do. The price
is great, but the lines are not too modern...
As you can see, I have a bewildering array of possibilities and lack the experience to make good judgements.
In the near term, I am trying to narrow my field to 4 to 6 candidate boats, so I can begin researching and shopping
I would certainly appreciate your thoughts and recommendations.