I have spent the last 3 months looking for a suitable boat for us to sail as a family
(me, my wife and a baby) here in Hong Kong
, but cant quite find the right boat.
I guess this has a lot to do with the cost / comfort / speed equation ie that you can have 2 out of the three but no all 3 !
Anyway, I am looking for a boat with the following :
- under 90000 USD
- we can cruise
as a family
around the islands, and overnight.
- do the odd fun race
with friends, but short handed.
- comfortable enough that the family want to use it throughout the spring, summer, autumn.
- must be shippable ie under 42 feet (this is the max i can ship on a std container base. shipper has told me I can go a little over each end of a 40 foot contianer and they will still ship as std)
- must have seperate heads
- must have seperate sleeping cabin
- ability to anchor
easily ( ie has or can be fotted sensibly with decent stem fitting.)
Boats I have considered :
Elan 350 - lovely boat, thought it was maybe not very good in light airs that we predominatly have in HK,
J109 - none in this region but could ship,
First 40.7 - difficult to get a nice one that has not been thrashed
First 31.7 - great boat but none in region
Pogo 30 - too expensive
Djangos boats - none on second hand mkt so too expensive
30 - love this boat, but doesnt quite do the family crusing side
Hanse 375 - perfect but too expensive still I think
Besteaver 49 - dream boat
Boreal 44 & 47 - dream boat