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Old 01-04-2015, 00:20   #1
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On the market but unsure which one

I want to upgrade to a larger boat. I currently have a trusty Oceana 38 which has been good to me. I am considering one of the following – Hanse 575 / Discovery 57 / Oyster 575 / Amel 55 / Gunfleet 58 / Halberg-Rassy 55. I would prefer something safe and solid, great interior and quality, comfort with control – particularly in conditions over 20 knots, ideal for a couple, live aboard for ocean crossings and very easy to control from the helm station. I would appreciate words from some wise old salts please.
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:02   #2
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Welcome. Are you thinking new? If so, all the above will reach the 1M except for Hanse. (In fact, Hanse would be removed from your list if I was choosing)

They are good boats for the Med... I would not go into iffy weather with them. Hull shape makes them slam in rough sea conditions.

I would choose an Amel because I am not prejudiced... :-)

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Mike.
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I would prefer something safe and solid, great interior and quality, comfort with control – particularly in conditions over 20 knots, ideal for a couple, live aboard for ocean crossings and very easy to control from the helm station. .
Hi. Mike!

In case of 55-60' monohull I would build her custom in Holland. This was always in my mind until I tried catamaran sailing decade ago.

You have a hard job to do, thus wish You to take right choice!
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:30   #5
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Have a look at the Boreal Line ... The boreal 52/55 is as the top of my list!

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I want to upgrade to a larger boat. I currently have a trusty Oceana 38 which has been good to me. I am considering one of the following – Hanse 575 / Discovery 57 / Oyster 575 / Amel 55 / Gunfleet 58 / Halberg-Rassy 55. I would prefer something safe and solid, great interior and quality, comfort with control – particularly in conditions over 20 knots, ideal for a couple, live aboard for ocean crossings and very easy to control from the helm station. I would appreciate words from some wise old salts please.

Not a wise old salt here, but what is your budget? There is a wide gulf in the prices of those boats. But they are all outstanding. I love the tender garage on the Hanse 575, which can double as a huge storage space.

You might also want to consider the Moody 54 DS. If you want easy control from the helm station, it doesn't get much better than the interior helm station on this:

https://www.moodyboats.com/gb#/gb/nc...documents.html
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Discovery is has a gorgeous interior but I agree with Steamer, a nice catamaran like a Swiss, Gunboat, etc. would be my pick.
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You might also want to consider adding a Morris to your list. I think you'd like one of those.
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..... But they are all outstanding. I love the tender garage on the Hanse 575, which can double as a huge storage space.


https://www.moodyboats.com/gb#/gb/nc...documents.html
But but but... since when has a good garage been a requirement for a world ranger sailboat?

Also, too bad the Moody got popped with an ugly stick!

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Also, too bad the Moody got popped with an ugly stick!


From an Amel owner?


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Re: On the market but unsure which one

Sorry I can't help. I wouldn't go over 36 feet for a couple to cruise. My 42 is a project boat I should never have purchased because it's way too large.

Good luck in whichever boat you choose.

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I would second the Amel


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I am thinking along the same lines as the OP and have narrowed my thoughts down to Hylas and Oyster.

One thing that causes me some concern after taking 3 years out due to ill health and coming from a more traditional type of boat, Creelock 40 with wind vane and solar is the apparent over reliance on generators and engine alternators to run the charging systems and purely an autopilot for long passages.
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I am thinking along the same lines as the OP and have narrowed my thoughts down to Hylas and Oyster.

One thing that causes me some concern after taking 3 years out due to ill health and coming from a more traditional type of boat, Creelock 40 with wind vane and solar is the apparent over reliance on generators and engine alternators to run the charging systems and purely an autopilot for long passages.
I had the same thoughts when I bought Eleuthera but I've added the systems to give me peace and alternatives during my cruising.

For instance, I added 600W of solar (mounted atop a gantry ... serves as davits during short sectors) to relieve the genset, I also installed a second AP (hydraulic) to offset the loss of the 7000. (Hand steering in quartering seas gets "old news" fast.) I've added a DC & AC Duo voltage water maker too. Again to ease the load on the genset.

I think our alternatives will prove good choices in the end.

GL in your search.
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