What do you look for in a long range cruising yacht ?
I look for storage space, good sea berths, good ventilation comfortable cockpit small sails shallow draft, not to much windage, large tankage
All of these are items that a LRC need to be comfortable IMO. And it don't cost a lot to have this, unless you want a newer or fancy "yacht".
What boats do you admire ? Not a good question IMO for what your looking for. The ones I admire are not obtainable by me due to their great cost. But the sundeer, deerfoot boats by dashew and his beowolf in aluminum
are great boats. Anything by kelly archer. Kanter.
What features do you like in existing designs ?
What features do you dislike in existing designs ? designs cover a enormous amount of territory. Impossible to answer here in a short thread.
But getting the biggest boat you can handle, with the larges tankage for water
and stores, with the lowest maintaince, and the ability to handle heavy weather
without to much damage... they say you mostly expirence light airs cruising, but its the heavy airs that can get you.
Many boats have been used to range off shore. My 27' norsea has circumnavigated by a family
. Many many 60-80' and beyound yachts are sitting in marinas
going nowhere. you could get a 30-40' now for next to nothing here after Katrina, spend some time fixing her up.. .and go. But if you have the cash, and are willing to spend it, look at the dashew boats on yachtworld. If you can afford that, you will not be dissapointed I think. Just ask Jedi, he has one.
But I like my Endeavour
40. I believe that for the price
, it will suite me just fine. If I had more cash... a later model valiant 40. tayana 37
. Kelly peterson
44. Mason 43/44. shannons. Morgan
38. lots of good boats out there. Some at low prices. Just be prepared to spend a lot of time and some cash to make her your own.