[QUOTE=Paul J. Nolan;2016344]Welcome aboard!
I agree with Paul A that the first thing is to get some experience while you are thinking about a boat. Learn to sail.
. One member
suggested a Laser or Lido 14, a suggestion I strongly endorse. You can learn to sail in a wide variety of boats, but, in my opinion, the smaller the boat, the faster you will learn.
Some other thoughts:
1) While $150 large seems like a lot, it may not be. Do you have a source of income
such as a. pension, 401k, etc.? If so, this frees you up considerably. If your budget
of $150k is intended to cover the boat and perhaps three or four years of cruising the situation is completely different.
2). A Westsail 32 is a very
large boat. Boats are sized by weight (called displacement), not length. A Westsail 32 displaces 19,500 lbs. By comparison, a Cal
is 15,000 lbs.
3) Will you be cruising single-handed or with a crew? If alone, boats from 5,000 lbs. to 12,000 lbs. are about right and I believe a 28' Bristol Channel Cutter
was built and she was around 12,000 lbs. displacement
. If with a crew (of one) perhaps 9,000 lbs. to 12,000 lbs, would be about right. In addition to the BCC, the Alberg 30
and, in particular, the Contessa 32 are good choices. You may wish to read Trekka Around the World
by John Guzzwell and also visit the Atomsailing website.
4). I insist that my boat is always in Bristol condition with the absolute best sails
. This level of equipment
was always affordable in the small boats I sailed and raced. On your budget
you can comfortably keep small boats to this standard. If you have an income
or other capital, you could even bring a Cal
40 to this standard. But consider just your sails
. Most of the junk floating around in harbors today have only a roller furling
job and a mainsail
aboard. And old and crappy ones at that. You will need a minimum of six sails and probably several more. Call your local North or Quantum loft and get a price
for a full blue-water suit of sails for a Westsail 32. Then a price
for the same for a Vega 27. Everything aboard the boat from ground tackle to bottom paint
will have a similar differential. Think small.
There is much more to say, but that's enough for now.
Lets see if i can clear things up a bit. The 150000 was saved and set aside for a boat and any upgrades or repairs
needed to get it where i want it to be.
there is a pension and other sources of income that will keep me going. I spoke of the BCC in my first post because after researching and reading a few books
and articles on good, safe, blue water
boats it always seemed to make everyone's list. I am attracted to that style and look of boat. However, i dont have my heart set on anything. I am married so there will be two of us on the boat most of the time, but i want one that i can handle alone. I have been looking around my area at smaller boats for sale
for me to learn on. At first my experiences will be on a few lakes nearby, then ill get to the bay and go from there. Im in no hurry in this process. Ill take as long as i need to get up to speed. I am the type person, like you seem to be, that wants things to be right and top notch. thanks to you and everyone else on here with all the suggestions and advice. Everyone has been a huge help so far and i am sure as i get further in this process i will have plenty of questions, dumb or not, that i need help with, thanks again