So were beginning to plan the purchase
of our "Ocean Boat". We Currently own an Islander 32 which will remain our Lake Boat. (We Previously had a San Juan
28 and still race
our 19' Lightning centerboard
Just finished reading the Post about IP possibly going under with all the usual IP wrath...
Boat use will be Mainly as a coastal cruiser up and down the east coast
as far up as Maine
and down to the Bahamas
. Will probably want to take at least 1 trip to Bermuda
and will eventually want to island hop our way down to the BVI's, maybe out to Antigua
. Will not be a live aboard. We will head
out for a month or so and then come back to the land lubber life (Grand kids
don't ya know
). When not cruising it will be a weekender out of a port somewhere in the vicinity of Charleston, SC.
So the ICW
will be in play as will shallow water
in Bahama's. But we will be doing some off shore work as well so it will be a bit of a mixed use boat.
Looking for some suggestions of boats to looks at. We will most likely be in the used market. Let someone else eat the depreciation I say. Some boats we were thinking about putting on our list would be the IP 38/40, Tartan or Bristol 40ish CB versions, Sabre
40ish (SD may be a wing which I'm not in favor of). All of these will fit under the ICW
bridges and can be shallow draft
We Would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions on other boats we might consider and why. I Want to get a list started then start weeding it down and eventually see if we can't get on a few and compare how they sail, comfort, storage
, bang for the buck, etc..
Thanks in advance