First post here, although have been a lurker for many years. First want to thank all here, even those that will never see this post, as I have learned a lot here.
Looking to buy soon, and have been and continue to narrow my decision of which boat. I know, what's new, right.... My plan would be to keep it in S. Maryland
for about a year while I update and get to know what will effectively become my home for some years to come (free dock
for me at families home in St. Mary's). After that south bound for a short season in the Caribbean
then through Canal and spend some time in Panama
, making any changes, outfitting and headed to where I really want to go, S. Pacific. From there, if I ever leave, don't know.
Although very much like the multi's, and why wouldn't you, I think for my plan, where despite crew on board, I want something that can be singlehanded if and when that may come up. I also want something that is comfortable with room for the typical two folks. I'm leaning toward mono for above reasons, and others as well. Size of at or about 40' is the target. The thing that has always bugged me about mono's and a big reason I typically drool over the multi's is the cave like existence below.
Finally then the reason for this post. I am very intrigued with the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon
boats, specifically the 41 or perhaps the 46. I can find nothing being discussed anywhere on these boats, other than the typical fluff in some sailing rags, which may or may not be accurate as they were very complimentary. I love the idea of the raised saloon
, like a cat, with the staterooms below. I'm hoping someone who has been on one, sailed one, might let me know what they think. Would love to get on one, but there are virtually none in the mid-Atlantic region, and closest one I think right now is Florida
. I'd go, but really want to talk to some folks before I do that. Also like others from the Wauquiez stable, and the Amel's (like the hard dodger
of those), but the Pilot Saloon really has me interested. High free board a concern, but not a deal breaker for me either. I may go with something else, but hope anyone with anything to offer, concerns this, might help me out.
Thanks again !!