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Old 08-02-2008, 09:16   #1
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Question offshore boat leads

Okay before this gets all up in the air about my boat is the best, I am asking for a list of good offshore boats to concider and to start researching...

please help me by listing boat makes, advantages, disadvantages ect.

our range is 34-41 ft. monohull, ocean passage, $30,000-80,000. and we have budgeted $50,000 for refitting and passage making needs, safty, elec., stays, plumbing, sails, ect.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:46   #2
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Hi there, we could do with a little more detail, intended cruising range, duration, crew size etc. .
Have you considered or eliminated certain rig types, keel types, construction materials? With the info given above and the "offshore" (covers a lot) requirement, I would research full keelers like the Rustler 36, Tradewind 35, Lord Nelson, Hans Christian. Other good U.S. pedigrees are Passport (Annapolis), Valiant (Texas), or Hylas (?). Why the fit-out reserve unless you want to know and trust every inch of the boat and take the time (and possible cash over-runs) to do it. I imagine you could pick up a boat at 110-115% of your total budget (when cash discount and persuasion has been applied) that would need very little to be cast-off-ready. Once you settle on a brand and size, there's lots of help here! Many other good threads on this subject here too - look up one posted by annegibsonwaco. Best wishes and Fair Winds!!
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:07   #3
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Here is a list from Mahina Expeditions. It is a good list but does not go by price. I used 7 this to help me when I was researching the boat that I wanted to buy.

Mahina Expedition - Offshore Cruising Instruction
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Thanks guys for the starter list. i assumed that by stating ocean passage, eveybody would understand that we want more than a day sailer, or a weeked cruiser. our crew is just me, my husband and that darn cat... although we plan to refit for single handling in case the worst happens.
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Old 08-02-2008, 19:56   #5
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plus you never know... that darn cat just may be the best sailor out of us three, at least she can catch her own dinner...
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AZjayhawker, Welcome aboard!

If you go up to the SEARCH button and put in a key word like 'offshore' or others you will come up with a wealth of info. And start with the oldest first.

Your budget seems reasonable but with a 50K refit budget why not just invest in a better boat saving labor & keeping out about 10K for must needed stuff.

Good luck on the search!
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I know of an Amel 41 Ketch that is for sail at around $95k. If it isn't listed yet you may be able to get her cheaper. I can vouch for the boat being in pretty good condition. I met the guy while shopping for some boat equipment. If you are interested let me know and I will send you the guys email address and other info. Here is a link to the type of boat 1981 Amel Sharki Boat For Sale The one I know has a problem with the type of paint that was used to paint the deck and the possibly the topsides being non compatible with the existing.
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Carn't help ya but,I would like to know what makes ya think the cat can catch her/his own dinner.LOL.Mudnut.
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Tink the cat has watched animal planet and saw a show about flying fish, and she realllllly loves the challenge of hunting birds...LOL

As far as the boat is concerned, we have about 1 year till purchase. pounding those miles and keeping faith in the economy... so now is a good time to research..
we own a 28ft. balboa swing keel that we putter around in lake mead az. all it does is make us lust the sea..
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