I'm 50 yrs old and semi-retired. I used to sail bobbie cats during my younger years and scuba
dive. Now I like sports cars and more recently I was smitten by a weekend I spent on a friends Lagoon
I've always dreamt about a large sail boat but never could afford one. I also need air-conditioning since I live in Asia
where temps are usually 33 deg C. I also foresee inviting a few guests so I thought a minimum of 3 cabins with double beds would be a minimum. I also want her easy to sail if shorthanded. I also like a Beneteau
Sense 50 but found out that the Jeanneau
has a bigger inner space probably due to the fact that they have a higher helm/cockpit hence they are able to utilize that space beneath.
I also want her big and luxurious enough for me and my family
to stay in even when docked.
Aside from a Jeanneau
I also am considering a Bavaria
55 and Hanse 54.5
I've also discovered used Oceanis
and Sun Odysea's going for a bargain.
However, I want to make this a one time purchase
. It would be real hard to unwind my first purchase
to upgrade later on hence my inclination to buy a new Jeanneau 53. But am I wrong? Is the quality of the boats that are 4 to 6 years old pretty good? I also am worried of parts
But of course it all boils down to the wallet. Admittedly, a used one would be an easier purchase ($200 to 300K) vs a new one at $575K. If it's a new one, I would have to wait a bit longer and restructure my current