Hello! This is a followup to my previous post: A bluewater live-aboard for under $20k
My grad program took a bit longer than expected, but come August I'll be free to set sail. My budget
is now $35k for boat and refit
. I am looking for a well-founded boat that could cross the pond with at least
. Lots of people have suggested I forgo this criteria but my preferences are such that I do not want to slouch, especially considering I intend to live aboard. I'm looking for a cruiser so speed is a distant priority.
I've done much research
over the past year, and am going to visit a couple boats next week: a Dreadnought 32 and a Freedom 33 Cat Ketch
. I hear tell that the later Westsail 32s had 6'4" headroom
? I've emailed some dealers about it but have yet to hear any replies. If true, then that would certainly be top of my list.
My heart longs for a Bob Perry design, but my budget
puts the Babas, Tashibas, and Valiants out of reach.
I look forward to any suggestions you have. I'm still new to sailing, but haven't lost
the bug while poking around the SC lakes in my little puffer 12 for the past 2 years. My uncle sails
(and has won races in) a Bristol 32. I might cruise
to the Caribbean
with him late in the summer. Or I might just take my own if I've found her by then.
Thank you for your thoughts!