Hi everyone! My 1st post here but I have been an avid reader and parasitic information sponge for some time... Thank you all for your generous sharing of extensive and sometimes dearly bought knowledge!
In the hope of (a) giving a little back and (b) in the hope of a critique of my choices I am now posting
My wife and I decided some time ago to sell up and go cruising. We both have some limited sailing experience. Our plan is to sail from the UK early 2013 down to the Med for a season and then hopefully with some more experience join the ARC
2013 and begin an open ended circumnavigation
My biggest decision has been boat choice and I have chewed over it for ever. I have finally decided on a 42 to 46 ft proddy boat. Probably a Beneteau Oceanis
46. My reasons thus.....
1. Cost! Having around £150,000 GBP to play with will buy me a very clean, well cared for nearly new proddy boat we can almost climb aboard and sail. As much as I am not a mechanical nincompoop, I do not have the specific skill set, time or inclination to buy a 10 yr old+ custom boat and update, renew, refresh the systems aboard. I could if needed go considerably higher with my purchase budget
... BUT - This would probably shorten our cruising schedule and as much as I appreciate the difference in depreciation rates between proddy and custom craft, as I see it my absolute maximum loss is £150,000 whereas should I buy a boat costing twice this, the write off could equally be greater.
2. Comfort. Although we plan some blue water
crossings 95% of our time will be coastal. The space and comfort offered by modern proddy boats wins hands down in this part of its use.
use. Should we be planning off season crossings or high / low lattitude sailing I would choose differently. Because we, like 95% of leisure cruisers, will have the choice of when to cruise
and where, we sincerely hope to avoid survival type weather
. I judge that a well found proddy boat with competant crew should be seaworthy
enough to take care of us where we are heading.
4. Speed. In conjunction with the above, one of the safest ways I know of to avoid heavy weather
is to be somewhere else. Anyone who knocks the performance and "sailability" of modern boats has obviously never been on one...
5. Style... This is of course entirely subjective but I love the clean sleek style of the modern proddy boats. I have to say that I think the modern Bavarias have gone too far but the Benes, especially the 2006 - 2010 models really "float my boat".... This matters! You all know what I mean here.
Of course, I also recognise the compromises this decision means. The main one in my view is a slightly less comfortable motion in heavier seas than a custom boat. Additionally, less tankage is an issue but not insurmountable. I see the storage
space issue as irrelevant as the size of boat I am looking at will have room and to spare for the two of us. If there are any issues with rigging
, chain plates, anchor
systems etc that need beefing up I will need to address these but I do not forsee this as a likely issue for our use. If I feel otherwise once we have some miles under our belt I will address this prior to ARC
I personally feel that hitting a dock
wall / container / rocky lee shore in anything other than a Royal Navy
frigate is going to result in significant damage to any craft. This is a factor of competance of the crew and a blessing from the "lady"... If I felt I could not avoid at least 2 of those 3 by seamanship I would go back to the estuary and sail a dingy.
I hope someone will bother to read all this... Please critiqe as you see fit! I sure dont know every damn thing!!! Thats about all I am sure of
Again, many thanks for the enjoyable threads that have kept me glued!