I have limited sailing experience - all in Etchells 22s. We are fully aware of what we have ahead of us to learn but are 2 very capable people. We will sail as a couple most of the time, with our family
and friends joining for short cruises. I would envisage a boat of 48-55' with maybe Leisure Furl or in-mast furling
and a few electric
winches to lighten the physical stuff. I am an Aussie, but we have a business in Tulsa, so are looking to purchase
on either East or West coast
US. New boats in the size range are probably outside our budget
, and we are well aware of the cost of upgrading used boats to suit the intended purpose. As far as layout goes, we want 2 double cabins plus maybe one up/down berth cabin
to accommodate expected visitors and family
. I don't really have preference for aft or center cockpit
, although center seems to yield comfortable aft cabin
I have looked at a couple of Bristols from 47.7 to 54.4 and whilst they are beautifully constructed boats, I do not know enough about their ofshore sailing abilities (with centerboard) to comment further. I am also aware from all I have read that draft
and manouverability in tight marinas
can be issues that should be addressed. I guess a bow thruster would help but surely keel
and skeg design play a role in how easy a boat is to handle (especially when reversing).
I appreciate all comments as I am well aware of the limitations of my experience and am open to learn from those who have been doing this for decades.