Oh how I need some advise! I have looked at so many yachts I am starting to go crazy.
Fisrt off I live in Oz but originally from Canada
eh! So I am not familar with most of the yachts here and trying to ask a brokers or locals has resulted in zilch for the last year.
My wife and I are determined to move on board and start cruising, we have one 2 yr old and another on the way. We are simple folk and do not require much room to live but with 4 I figure 30' for us is minimum.
As far as yacht requirements, here is where we are at. We now have saved a mere 20k AUD but will be 30kAUD before to long. We could muster another 10AUD if I sell my curent yacht but I wont part with her until I have another, so thats more for coningency and repairs
once we have a new yacht. We could still stretch it to 40k AUD but thats sort of the top at the moment.
(Side note we have crunched all the numbers and although we would spend all our savings for the yacht we will be in better shape maintaining and short cruising then if we were to wait and build a kitty up.)
Charachteristics I like are a nice wood interior
fitout as I dont mind the upkeep and if we live in a small space it has to look nice and have warmth.
I prefer a cutter
rig but a sloop
will do. Classic lines greatly apreciated and anything from a full keel
down to a long fin withy skeg hung rudder
. Just so long as she is good in a seaway and good in heavy weather
Sh should also be well in a following sea. I will take a loss of performance for seakeeping and heavy weather
abiltiy in a heatbeat (thats just me).
As far as layouts, I would love a double V plus convertable double setee and 2 quarter births. Seems finding 2 quarters are rare but a quarter and a pilot birth would be a good second option.
2 quarters would allow the girls to have thier own rooms at port and could share the V on cruises etc. While mom and dad share the V in port and use the setee on a cruise
and the quarters while on passage
I like medium to heavy displacement
. Any salty stern or styles I like. West system yachts or GRP prefered but would look at some steels. I like a higher ballast ratio but that depends on the yacht.
Here is another Idea we have tossed around.....We would be willing to fly to the US or Canada
and buy a yacht up to 30K AUD work out the bugs for a month or so (possibly sailing to Mexico
and. doing repairs
or work there) then provisioning
and sailing back. obviously buying
locally is easier so we would like to explore this but man yachts here seem overpriced. ( I would budget
20K AUD to Import
from US to Australia
including all asscociated costs, IM not sure if thats low or not)
Heres the yachts that seem to be closest to what we are after, that I can find around here. Nicholson 32 Have seen some with at least one quarter, H28 2 quarters but very small(might be too small) then there is some one offs now and again I see that might work.
So please help us expand our horizons, what yachts in Australia
would be suitable for under $50k AUD asking (or do we need to push this up?) and under $25K US in the states, that would not require more than 10K USD to be ready to sail back to OZ (Am I on crack or what?)?
Sorry if this post is all over the place my mind has gone to mush over all this searching.