Are my requirements that abnormal/unrealistic? Am I misunderstanding the benefits of what is primarily on the market? I'm looking for my first large (32'-38') sailboat and am getting discouraged. Seems my selection criteria doesn't really line up with what is in the market.
Use case: Lake Superior/North Channel weekends to two week plus long cruises
My pseudo requirement subject to change on how pretty she is are:
next to the companionway
. I don't understand heads forward next to the v-berth, ruins the layout and messy getting rain gear
off and alike.
- U or J galley
. I don't understand the straight galleys on the side of the boat. I have not spent time on a boat with a straight galley
but it seems usability while underway would be most challenging.
- Dedicated nav station, ideally forward facing. This seems to be almost the most limiting, perhaps that's due to my size/budget. Intent is for a space out of the way for notebook/reading/iPad/office type work, a place of ones own so to speak.
, fin/bulb. Wing are the predicament in this market, I'm concerned about pointing ability/performance. 6'0 or less draft
would be ideal, maybe push it to 6'6. I think in Superior I would be fine, issues would be in the North Channel getting away from a wing keel
- Main, traditional. I'll likely regret this but for a light air location I'm worried about the performance hit of a furling
main. Boy those must be convenient.... For the size of boat I'm looking at I think a traditional is not unmanageable. I have no first hand experience with furling
- Modern, 1995 or newer (2000+ ideally). There are a lot of things I just don't like on older boats.
- Nothing stupid. Ok, little ambiguous but it seems at least with production boats in my budget
there tends to be that one really stupid thing the designer
did which really adds no value to me. Sinks in the berths, massive aft cabins at the expense of lazarette storage
stalls which are really unusable for a 6'0 medium frame guy.
Size - 32'-38'
Brands - well cared for, clean, good condition solid boat matters more than the brand.
- $120k or less (freshwater market boats), can stretch this up a ways but I don't know if I really should have to.
I can find lots of options of front heads, furling main, wing keel boats with a straight gallery and a massive aft cabin
with no storage
Thoughts? Welcome to boat buying
where nothing is ever perfect and this is the trend of the market for the last 20 years?