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Old 16-09-2016, 23:25   #16
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

Perhaps a Tayana 37. A Tayana 42 would be awesome but pushing your price limit. Enjoy the search.


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Old 17-09-2016, 01:27   #17
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

All boats within that price range requires quite a bit of work, you'll have to be prepared to spend time and money out of budget to fix them.
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

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I sort of had a CS 36 in mind, but this boat is along the same line...
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Old 17-09-2016, 08:07   #19
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

Yep. Tayana 42 will be beyond 60k. Few quality 40' boats are below 60k.

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Old 17-09-2016, 08:30   #20
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http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/54818

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Old 17-09-2016, 10:08   #21
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

You mention the Great Lakes. Great place to find freshwater boats. Many of which fit the definition of "Bluewater Capable" whatever that is. Maybe buy a smaller boat in the interim and cruise the Great Lakes for a few years - get experience, and a better idea of what you really want when that day of freedom arrives. Don't underestimate the Lakes though, especially when those winds of November come early!
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

Hello, I'm here for a similar reason. Wife agreed to purchase a boat when we have the dough. I just wanted to comment about why one might start looking years ahead of the purchase. I just saw a Fisher 25 on Craigslist and by the time I researched the boat it was gone. I want to go through a process of identifying potential matches for my needs and understand each thoroughly so that when I'm ready to buy I'll make a good buying decision the first time.
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Old 17-09-2016, 11:32   #24
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

A short answer, Yes, definitely. A slightly longer answer, hard to know in five years. A quick observation, there are many out there who would not classify a Beneteau as a blue water boat. A suggestion, spend the time between now and decision year doing some research (the internet, including CF, alone would keep you busy) and reading non fiction by cruisers and other blue water sailors (lots of really good authors). A bit of speculation, you may find that living aboard in a place you really like can beat actual blue water cruising (almost a heresy , but true). Whatever you may do, yours is a wonderful goal. Enjoy.
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A quick observation, there are many out there who would not classify a Beneteau as a blue water boat.
these people are known as "idiots"
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Hello, I'm here for a similar reason. Wife agreed to purchase a boat when we have the dough. I just wanted to comment about why one might start looking years ahead of the purchase. I just saw a Fisher 25 on Craigslist and by the time I researched the boat it was gone. I want to go through a process of identifying potential matches for my needs and understand each thoroughly so that when I'm ready to buy I'll make a good buying decision the first time.
Yes, read everything you can. Research boats that are interesting to you, look at any info you can find on the manufacturer, read forum posts and opinions, learn how boats are made and how to maintain them. Learn how to do your own survey. By the time you are actually ready to buy you will have a least a basic knowledge of what to look for and why.
Don't get hung up on a particular boat or model, just aim for the best boat that meets your needs and budget.
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The short answer is yes, USD 40-60k will buy you a fine blue water cruiser.

I've seen quite a few sailing the Windward Islands the last two years, but ended up buying a boat in Spain. Hail the internet.

Tricks to keep the price down:

1) Be patient, follow the market
2) Choose lesser brands
3) Be willing & able to lots of work yourself
4) Pick up stranded yachts (Trinidad and other Caribbean islands, Mediterranean, Thailand etc.).
5) Survey and give a bold but reasonable offer
6) Go smaller but designed for blue water and not a brochure
7) Aim at only spending 2/3 on the boat and the rest on equipment upgrades


I personally stumbled upon the German design house Reinke looking for a boat with Chinese junk rig. Used Reinkes offer a lot of alu or steel boat for the money.
The alu hulls are usually professionally welded with home made interior.
Some interiors could do with a loving hand, thus the exceptionally low prices.
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I got a Reincke 10 Super 10,6m - 34.8' in alu and with a professionally built junk schooner rig for EUR 16.400 - USD 18.300. 10 years old.
It needs some TLC, navigational equipment & new solar/windmill and electrical overhaul.
Price of a bare new hull in alu is however EUR 40.000 - USD 44.600.

Not bad at all!


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I have a Steel 43' Roberts Mauritius for sale at $60k aud.
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

I think that you might be better served in your price range looking in the 35 to 38 foot range rather than 40' +/-. There are lots of boats that would do the trick. When we were looking for a previous boat on the Great Lakes our short list included the CS 36T, Niagara 35, and Tartan 37. We went with the Niagara and were pleased with it. Our biggest concern with the CS was the very shallow bilge (similar to many modern boats). This meant that any water you get (and there will be water in the bilge at sea) can run up the sides of the boat when you heel and soak stuff you have stored. A decent bilge depth helps with this.
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Re: Will 60K buy a good bluewater boat ?

I like the idea of a well-found Southern Cross in French Polynesia too. A great boat that is already in a great place is a good idea in general IMO.
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