After a long 6 months or so on the market, my beloved flybridge has been sold and i'm due to complete by the end of June. The reason for the sale
, as many of you will know, was that i've been converted to the wonderfull world of sail and am now in the market for resonable cruiser and live aboard.
Now, you'd think after 6 months of reading these forums
and studying the market, you'd think I'd have a pretty good idea of what I want wouldn't you? However, the truth is i'm still torn, although I have narrowed it down to four basic types and would be grateful for any insights you good people may have.
For my budget
, £50-60k, I know that I can afford either a relatively new (10 years old ish) 'conventional' production sloop
in the 12 meter (38-40ft) range like a Hunter
380, Bene' 380/400 Oceanis
OR I've taken a fancy to older more respected brands like a Moody 376/37, Colvic Victor 40, etc.
Now, i'm sure many older 'die hard' sailors will tell me to go for the more respected older brands like Moody but I also know there isn't going to be any conclusive right or wrong answer as both types will have pros and cons. So, I'll list what I believe them to be and would like your opinions as to whether my thinking is right or wrong.
Pros= Well respected name,
potential to be a serious blue water
go anwhere boat
gives good deck
space and nice double berth rear cabin
Cons= Boats i've seen advertised date from late 80's, therefore potential for more maintainance, wear and tear, etc.
Pros= Center cockpit
and deck saloon
layout gives great accomodation and a very light and airy feel to the main saloon
inside so an all weather
rigged so sails
easier to handle single
handed and boat easier to balance.
Cons= Same as Moody, all 20+ years old.
rigged so potential for more to go wrong?
Pros= (IMHO) Very pretty, modern looking boat.
Not likely to have been used hard or neglected so maintainance should be at a minimum.
Wonderfull layout, nice double rear owners cabin
(all be it with reduced headroom)
Cons= B&R rig, sigh, is there an answer to this? There are just as many for it as against it from what i've read.
More of a coastal vessel than a true cruiser and I would like to cross the 'pond' at some point
Bene' 380 Oceanis
Pros= Pretty much as above although I prefer the Hunter styling
Cons= Again as above but without the B&R rig worries
So, that gives you an idea how i'm thinking, what am I right or wrong about?