Hello all. Have read,been entertained and educated by the forum for years so thanks. Will once again ask a question that has been been answered indirectly on several occassions but needs updating. What boat best fits my needs?
I have mostly book knowledge and little practical so I need some help in picking out the next family
boat. I've sailed mostly mississippi
sound on hunter
32 until katrin a took her and now have a 26 water
on a small lake 10 mins from home. Not a bad ride for a quickie by the way. Both of these had/have Spartan accommodations and therefore not conducive to family
sailing(kids 14,8,6 and a wife that does not camp out)
In addition I'm mid career with only a few 4day weekendsnand a couple weeks a year to sail so little time for a fixer-upper (sounding like a new production boat with some room maybe 50 ft with generous beam)
Most of my sailing will be in gulf of mexico
with occasional trip to key west
but would like ability to cross gulfmstream and sail carribean shorthanded( coastal cruisernwith shoal keel)
I enjoy sailing and do not want to sacrifice performance at all costs but efficient and easy sail handling helpful (in-mast furling
winches could be helpful) as maybe sailing with minimal crew.
In short, there is no serious blue water
in my future and do not want to wait to enjoy the sailing life until I can afford an oyster
I have a short list and am going to annapolis
in the next couple of weeks to have a look. They are in no certain order the jeanneau
50sense(the polars are crazy fast and the 50 first may also be cost prohibitive),Bavaria 55, hanse 545, and dufour
These manufacturers have all been covered ad naseum in this forum but would like some opinion on these newer models.