After 2 years of searching, I have all but given up on the classic that will work for us.
We are 2 adults and 2 children
, live in a coastal town in NSW Australia
and will mainly do coastal cruising followed by at least one larger voyage. So must be ocean capable!
Our criteria are strong, 3 cabins (the kids
are boy and girl and will become teenagers in the life of this boat)
The wife requires an exceptionally strong boat. Not a centre cockpit
, with a sloop
rig. She must sail well and be capable of singlehanded work.
Ideal size 37 - 42 foot
For those of you not in OZ we have the usual, Beneteau
, Élan, Catalina
, to name a few available on the second hand market.
circa $100 - 150k plus upgrades.
We have owned Bavaria
in the past and for personal reasons alone (I am sure I am not the only one with a horror story) wouldn't go that way.
seem very popular amongst members of this forum (thanks MarkJ)
Aesthetically they all look similar
Which way would you go and why?