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Old 15-12-2004, 15:24   #1
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the perfect boat?

Hi everybody,

I am looking for a new (used) boat which should meet the following needs:

1) budget < 80k EURO

2) ocean going

3) long keel

4) As my wife is not very strong, would a ketch be the better choice (smaller sails)?

5) enough space for comfortable live aboard for two persons for 2-3 month a year (my wife and me)

6) short term cruising with 6 people (the whole family)

From your experience, what would you suggest?
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Old 16-12-2004, 03:32   #2
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You could do a lot worse than the following:
10.5m Halberg Rassy
Voyager 35

Both of these would provide a surplus of cash to make any necessary changes to equipment to make it better for ageing muscles and liveaboard.
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Hi -
First, I'd go with cutter rig rather than a ketch: simpler than a ketch, sails still smaller than on a sloop of same size.
There are several good boats to choose from in your price range. I am admittedly quite biased, but you certainly couldn't go wrong with a deep draft CSY 44 or 37. We cruise ours with just two aboard, but we also run as a crewed charter boatand have had four guests aboard for a week at a time with plenty of room. Quite a few are currently on the market at varying prices mainly determined by condition. We have some good pix and info on out website, listed below.
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what do think of those boats:
- endurance 44
- Nordia 49
- Hallberg Rassey 41
does anybody has any info on them?
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Halberg Rassey 41 for less than 80 k Euro! I would want a very good survey!

All the HR range seem to be very nice boats suitable for liveaboard/long distance, and are built to a high standard, but normally that is reflected in the price!
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Actually there was one for sale not to far away from here for 85kEUR (which would be not out of range). But how about the sailing capibilties of the HR41? Have you ever sailed one?
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I have never sailed a HR 41 personally, but have been aboard one for sundowners. Very nice boat. The owners sailed her to the Caribbean from England, and have lived aboard and cruised for three years. They love the boat. We've also chatted with other owners of HRs, and they all like them a lot. However, I'd be careful about one in that price range, and would certainly hae a thorough survey done before buying it - they usually sell for more than that.
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