Ok, this is probly the umpteenth thread of this nature but I guess I gotta look for everyone's 2 cents myself.
Going to get a sailboat for living aboard
and extended cruising
. If my better half takes to it like I think she will, we would like something that can cross an ocean :-)
Looking hard now but there is a lot out there...maybe you experienced folks can help me narrow the field or suggest something I had not thought of.
is around the $50k (usd) mark. Less is much better if i can find something that will give us what we need in safety
and comfort...and more is ok if we find something stellar (read: turn key and too good to pass up). But we are not wealthy so I am taking operating costs into my decision as well.
45' at most
35' at least
We like the larger end for comfort (her) but want to keep the draft
, bridge clearance down, and maintain ease of handling (me).
Then there is cost (seems better boat for the money
if it is smaller).
Also I am befuddled as to operating costs.
Is there a point along this continuum (35-45) where dock fees
end inevitable haul outs hit a point of diminishing returns?
Or are these type costs negligibly different between say a 36' and a 43'?
Is there a point where these costs become exceedingly large (@ 45' for example)?
There are a few that I have become somewhat enamored by and some that make me wonder if they are appropriate.
I have taken a real liking to these but seem to be way on the high side of my budget
Not crazy about the rudder
....looks a little precarious. And are they a stout safe passage
Seem more coastal cruisers. But they seem to offer a lot of boat for the $. Thoughts?
3. Some Bruce Roberts
designed boats- like the 43's- again seems one could get a lot of boat for the $.
Some are built by lesser known smaller builders (to me) and some by individuals...some are "blacklisted" on Mr. Roerts' web site!
4.Found a couple one off self titled "cruisers" of interest but they tend to be bigger and my costs after the purchase
are a concern as is their seaworthiness.
One noteable example:
1975 Ferro custom Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Once upon a time I was a breath away from buying
a home built 38' cruiser. Was built like a tank, was well equipped with all the right stuff (IMHO) and could have been had for a song (round 12K if i remember right). So I have a weakness for this type of thing...seems that if one is careful and lucky a superb boat could be had for cheap
in this "catagory".
5. Love 2 cabin
layouts (main cabin
aft), the space will keep her happy and allow us to take guests comfortably wherever we end up going.
Any other make/model suggestions or advice?
Thanks in advance for your time and experience!