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Old 29-09-2015, 20:12   #1
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what length boat for great circle

I know this is been around before I guess here goes. I want to buy a boat to do part of the great circle. I guss my list would be a head(for wife) maybe a shower I want a inboard diesel engine mid berth v berth can be storage I guess some form of cocking not much do not care about night life just wonder along read sleep and let life go by want a boat that is comfortable so I can be out of rain and bad weather nice to be able to stand up 6ft nothing fancy I know I am looking for if I could find one on a trailer where I could avoid some marina fees just finished a 17 open cockpit cat rigged and did not relize there was not enouph room in it have only sailed in open boats going to start looking this winter
If you were looking and picking what would you look for as far a make and size. Like I said I would like one that could be trailered and I do not mind fixing. every thing needs work on even a new one
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Old 30-09-2015, 11:02   #2
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Re: what length boat for great circle

How about a Catalina 22 with a pop top .
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Re: what length boat for great circle

It's not length you have to worry about, it's height and draft. So get a boat with a tabernacle at the base of the mast and one that draws less that 6 ft. 7ft is supposed to be safe, but they don't consistently dredge the miss. Other than that, get what you want size wise.


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I know this is been around before I guess here goes. I want to buy a boat to do part of the great circle. I guss my list would be a head(for wife) maybe a shower I want a inboard diesel engine mid berth v berth can be storage I guess some form of cocking not much do not care about night life just wonder along read sleep and let life go by want a boat that is comfortable so I can be out of rain and bad weather nice to be able to stand up 6ft nothing fancy I know I am looking for if I could find one on a trailer where I could avoid some marina fees just finished a 17 open cockpit cat rigged and did not relize there was not enouph room in it have only sailed in open boats going to start looking this winter
If you were looking and picking what would you look for as far a make and size. Like I said I would like one that could be trailered and I do not mind fixing. every thing needs work on even a new one
Howdy!

I bolded a few points in your post to draw attention to them.

Standup headroom?
Depends on how tall you are. I am 6' so I look for 6' minimum and prefer 6'3" or more if possible. Assuming you want at least 6' of headroom, I think you are going to be looking for a boat that is probably 27ft (some 25ft) and up.

Trailer Sailor?
You wrote you would like to be able to trailer the boat. Small trailer sailers, can do that. Some pocket cruisers can do that. But, if my goal was to do The Big Loop, which is several thousands of miles in a boat (with most in protected waters, usually motoring), my first concern would be comfort, rather than trailering it anywhere. In other words, I would sacrifice trailer ability for comfort instead.
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With an adequate budget (i.e. funds to meet an advertised "asking price range") one can find a solution.

Without the adequate budget, it is asking folks to name what they would want, without necessarily any real fit for what you can buy.

My simple suggestion: Name the budget available for the purchase of the boat. Even better post the maximum asking price or advertised price you would seriously consider spending.

Ask folks here to spend that amount for you, virtually, of course.

Once you name the budget (the maximum asking price you would consider for a boat), you will narrow the field considerably.
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Re: what length boat for great circle

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I want to buy a boat to do part of the great circle. I guess my list would be as follows:

1- a head (for wife) maybe a shower
2- an inboard diesel engine
3- midship berth (v berth can be storage)
4- stove, simple
5- prefer 6 ft, 1 in headroom
6- trailer sailboat acceptable

I not much do not care about night life, just want to wander along, read, sleep, and let life go by. I want a boat that is comfortable so I can be out of rain and bad weather. It would be nice to be able to stand up, 6 ft., nothing fancy I know I am looking for. If I could find one on a trailer where I could avoid some marina fees.....

I just finished a 17' open cockpit cat rigged and did not realize there was not enough room in it. I have only sailed in open boats, going to start looking this winter.

If you were looking and picking, what would you look for as far a make and size?

Like I said I would like one that could be trailered and I do not mind fixing. every thing needs work on even a new one
mcdermitt,

Sorry for editing and re-formatting your post. I was trying to organize it a bit, to make it easier for me to follow. I have to say that I think, like markwesti, that a Catalina 22 pop top might do it well for you. Jim (my husband) cruised quite a bit with his (with his first family). They had a Coleman camp stove for cooking that they used in the cockpit.

Such a boat should give you many pleasant hours.

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