Dear all, I have been shopping
for "my" perfect boat for about a year now, and my shopping
time frame is coming to an end. May I have your advice on the list of finalists I have come up with. Feel free to add another option if you want to really mix me up.
I have about 40 years sailing experience, mainly racing
( dinghies at first and on to small keel
boats, more recently in International Etchells for the last ten years). I have limited cruising experience, having chartered a dozen times mainly coastal N.E. Canada
& US. My spouse (faithfull crew for 30 years) has as much experience as I, and flies a mean kite in up to 25 knts. We have lots of sailboat handling skills, but indeed have much to learn about the cruising life. However we have decided to give it a crack, starting with a 6 month sabbatical in the Bahamas
, winter 2011. I wish to by the boat this spring, sail costal as much as possible this summer/fall to get acquainted with the boat and move it down to Fla to get ready for the Bahamas
escapade. we will be sailing with our two young children
, a boy, 10 and a girl 12, we will home school
I have come up with the following conclusions: I would like a 40 to 45 footer, with three cabins (kid's privacy and additional guests option), shoal draft
preferable (although I am told anything up to 7' is probably OK), furling
main also OK. However, my racing
biais knows all about shoal draft
mains... OUPS, I forgot, I'm not going racing...
Some interesting boats I am seriously considering are:
- BENETEAU 423 (200+)
- JEANNEAU SO 40.3 (2001)
- JEANNEAU SO DS 43 (a partition in the aft stateroom can be added to make two smaller cabins...) (2001 TO 2005)
- JEANNEAU SO 45.4 (2001)
- WAUQUIEZ CENTURION 45 (1993)
- DUFOUR CLASSIC 45 (1998)
There are hundreds of really nice boats out there, and although its great fun to shop around, I need to find focus and move on to the SAILING part of things... can you help with your wise comments? Please?