I live on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
and searching for a partner. She should be white or light skinned, classy, nice curves, fast, and fun.
Ok, kidding aside, it is me, my wife, and 3 year old son. We particularly want a sailboat to go over to St. Thomas, BVI, Culebra
, and eventually down island with. I have a pretty decent savings but would like to purchase
something 20K or less. Ideally we would use our first boat to really get our act together, learn, and figure out what it is we really want in a boat. Both my wife and I have a fair amount of sailing experience. We are also avid water
people who love to surf, kiteboard, SUP, dive, swim, etc. Eventually we will upgrade to a nicer, faster, more expensive cruiser but in the meantime want something realtively inexpensive. The boat will be kept on a mooring
River, St. Croix.
If I could have it my way, it would be an aft cockpit sloop
with tiller steering
, 35-38 feet in length. Something built strong and stout, but also pretty fast to make those broad reach sails
across the pond a bit quicker. And nice pointing ability for when the wind
changes to a less than ideal direction. We don't need a lot of fancy electronics
, a reliable engine
, and solar/wind power would be nice.
All that being said, I first was really interested in a Dufour
35 that popped up on Ebay: Dufour 35, great condition, ready to go, coastal, bluewater, liveaboard in Sailboats | eBay Motors
. Looks to be a very well maintained boat and it has a tiller, which is a something I really prefer. I started getting really excited thinking this could be the one. After a lot of research
, I learned about encapsulated iron keels, which this boat has, and decided it is something I would rather not have in the back of my head
every time we go in and out of the Salt
River channel or other skinny channels. I also got realistic about having to trasport the boat from Lake Murray, SC to the ocean. Seems like a lot of work for a boat that may not be worth it. Still looks like a nice one though... sigh
So another boat which I had seen on yachtworld.com awhile back but did not give much thought, has peaked my interest. A Columbia
10.7 wide cruiser. Here is the link: 1979 Columbia 10.7 Wide Body Super Cruiser Sail Boat For Sale -
I had a Columbia
21 in college and had a blast sailing in the ICW
. I am a bit reluctant to pursue this one because it seems Columbias are not highly regarded compared others from that 60-70's era. Although it is a Alan Payne design which I understand was a good naval architect. I'm not keen on wheel steering
, but i have learned all boats are a compromise, and the teak interior
looks to be nice and well maintained. The things that kinda turn me off are no autopilot
and no solar
power. But the price
is right, and I would venture to say negotiable down to 13K, possibly lower. If anyone has any input on this Columbia 10.7, I would love to hear it.
There is also a Morgan
35 for sale
in St. John, link here: 1970 Morgan Sloop 35'
. Another one with wheel
steering. Not much info on the internet
on these particular Morgan's. Seems like the steel mast
step is something to be inspected. I am not a big fan of Morgan's but again the price
is right on this one. Thoughts?
So any input on the above vessels, and any suggestions as to other boats I should be considering. I am from West Palm Beach, FL and my mom still lives there, so finding a nice FL boat and bringing it down next fall is not out of the question either. But we would like to get out there sailing sooner rather than later.
Thanks in advance for any help and input. This forum has been a great source of knowledge and entertainment over the years for me. I am just now getting to a stage in my life where buying
a yacht is becoming a reality. If only I had a couple hundred grand, I could really get something nice.