The longer I look for the
boat the more I realize that it all boils down to a series of compromises. I think that I have gotten to the point that I know what I want, and am looking for input and recommendations. Here's the short list:
Need a boat that I can single
hand if necessary, usually it will be crewed by me and my wife. (We sailed a Cal-27 for a few years.) We live in Florida
and plan to sail in that area as well as the Bahamas
(Now) and eventually the Caribbean
and Central America
. (15 year plan)
We like to entertain guests, watch sunsets and generally just be on the water
. No interest in racing
, however, would like to be able to make decent time on a passage
. I have no visions of ever crossing the Atlantic, or Pacific but would like a boat that was capable if we decided, way down the road, if we wanted to. I would also like the peace of mind of a boat that could handle the blue waters.
I am leaning towards a centerboard
or, if fixed, a maximum of 4'6" draft
. Neither of us like the look and feel of the newer boats - Hunter
, Ben's, Catalina's, etc. Each time I look around I keep coming back to an Island Packet
, Tartan 37C or possibly an Allied
- all in the 36-39' range. Realistically, am I looking at two different boats, one for the next 10-15 years and one for extended cruising
or would one of these boats, or others do the job?
Thanks for your input.