Hi everyone ! I have used the forum extensively over the last 6 months and have done much research
regarding the criteria for our 1 year sabatical liveaboard
We would appreciate ANY constructive input in helping us to decide on a sailboat, our thinking is as follows :
Our background :
200T licensed captain
Currently running an 87' motoryacht
Grew up on a 42' Steel
, raced keelers for 10 years
Proposed Cruising ground : US East Coast
, Great Loop Route
for 1 year.
Vessels up for discussion :
37' Tayana Mariner Ketch
37' Endevour Plan A Sloop
Mistress cc Ketch
Plan Cutter sloop
We like the layout of all of these, probably more the Endevour and Mistress ...
Are there any serious shortcommings we should consider when looking at the above list ( all under 50K )
I understand the SA/D, Motion comfort factor and other ratios and am looking for a safe and easy to handle cruising vessel which will do the ICW
as well as look after us if we unfortunate enough to be caught out in the gulf stream
behind a cold front ...
Prefer a draft
around 5', skeg hung rudder
, swept forefoot and flat heel / keel
bottom and a vessel that will sail in 10kts - 30kts range with reasonable tracking to windward and reasonable directional stability & balanced helm
handing potential of the above list is also a topic I would like to review
If anyone has another design in mind under 50K I would be very interested to hear more ...
Thanks for any help !