Originally Posted by trevordean
I have used John NeaLs Boats to consider for off shore cruising list to make my own list of boats that are within my price range(according to yacht world.com).
I am interested in everyones opinions and knowledge on all or any of the boats on my list. I am planning on sailing the open seas and possilbly around the world over a legnthy period. There will be 2 of us on board and we definatly want our own sleeping accomadtions.
Hood 38 (waquiez)
It seems that the largest concentration of boats in my price range seem to be in Flordia. Is crossing the Panama canel an expensive and legnthy process? I know this is a Huge list. Any info will help me narrow the list down to the boat of my dreams. Thanks ALL
1. Are you comfortable with spade rudders or do you only want a skeg or attached rudder
2. You each want your own sleeping accomodations, does that mean you each want a cabin
or do you each want your own seaberth (ie quaterberth or pilot berth?
3. What's your budget
for buy and outfit?
4. Two people, both experienced, or one experienced and one novice
5. Are you wanting to spend much time in the Bahamas
or the European canals where shoal draft
would be a big plus? If so is a centerboard
6. Are you intending to round the capes? Longer and heavier weather
sailing but better security
than going thru the Red Sea.
7. What's you cut off for minimum sail area or are you willing to motorsail a fair bit? Nigel Calder suggests SA/D of 15.0-17.0 at half-load displacement
. Where is your comfort level?
8. Are you going to be bringing along a lot of heavy toys like SCUBA
or bulky ones like sailboards and kayaks?
9. Are either of you cooks, or is food
mostly just fuel
? Affects the choices you make about the galley
Answering these questions should help us narrow the list a little.