Originally Posted by Randyonr3
... so when looking for the boat with all the numbers, also concider the boat you want to live on as thats what you'll be doing..
And therein lies the dilemma, I want something nice because I will liveaboard
but I want something seaworthy
because I want to live.
In my youth, I bought old houses in run down neighborhoods. Slum houses, really. I totally renovated them, re-wiring, re-plumbing, tore out plaster and lats and put in sheetrock, sanded down the hardwood floors to refinish them, installed new plumbing
fixtures, new electrical
fixtures and everything else. But, I am no longer in my youth and I do not have the back to do rigorous work for extended periods of time and I do not have the mentality to live in a worn down, dirty, dingy 30 year old boat.
I like the fanciness of the cabins in Beneteaus and Hunters but I do not like the flimsy way they are constructed. I know the Westsail 32 is an extremely seaworthy boat but try to find one that does not need serious work to get sort of new looking. I like the coziness of the Island Packet
27/29 and Com-Pac 27 but they sure are small.
Believe me, I consider both seaworthiness and liveaboard
comfort when I look at boats.
I traveled to Texas
and to the panhandle of Florida
to look at boats. Next week, I am traveling to south Florida
to look at boats. 2-3 days on the west coast
and 2-3 days on the east coast
. I am sure I will see a lot and hopefully I will find what makes my heart beat faster. I just want to be sure I am getting something that fits my needs and not just something that makes me go ooooohhh, aaaahhhh.