I'm going to be shopping
for a 28' - 32' boat to live on / cruise
with soon. I want long-distance cruising, reliability
and the greatest degree of self-sufficiency to be a priority. To address this, I want the following in the boat I purchase
- Full keel that is straight across the bottom - not angled. This would make it easy to dry out on a beach or lean against a bulkhead when the tide goes out to do bottom work.
- Rudder attached to the back of the keel - not a fin.
- Tiller steering. I was originally thinking wheel but from a lot of reading, it looks like tiller is best for solo sailing in terms of simplicity, reliability, auto-pilot, cockpit room, etc.
Of course, I am open to suggestion so please provide feedback on the above.
When looking at listings, there are obviously a LOT of ads to go through. Are there certain manufacturers that I should make a point of clicking on because (for example) they make all full-keel boats? Are there certain manufacturers I shoul dmake a point of NOT clicking on because (for example) the do nothing but fin rudders?
Thanks - Jake