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Old 19-10-2013, 08:50   #1
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Yacht suggestions

I've been putting off posting this thread because I know how they can turn Also because your requirements are more unique than other similar threads.

My wife and I are looking for a yacht, obviously. We live on St Thomas and are looking for something we can liveaboard on for a couple years outfitting as we need and learning that particular boat before taking off for good. Ultimate goal is a slow paced circumnavigation.

Our requirements (ie MUST have)

Price: $100k, not a penny more.

Galley: U-Shaped. Not running port along the salon.

Transom: We have a toddler and a black lab. Wife and I are both ex-military with back, shoulder and knee problems. Easy on and off the boat at anchor (how we plan to spend the vast majority of our time) is an absolute must. So either a step-down transom or a walk-through transom.

Companionway: The stairs into the salon must be easily navigable for a black lab to go down. Again, lifting a 90lb dog up and down from the cockpit is not an option.

Like to haves:

Cabins: 2 is preferred for the more internal space, but 3 cabins is fine. A large centerline master berth is also preferable.

LOA: based on our family size, we would like 42'+ but have seen some 39' that may work

Cockpit: We would like one that's as big as possible as a lot of our time will be spent in it. A CC is desirable as a containment for the kid, but aft cockpits seem to be larger and can be made to accommodate toddler safety

Price: is preferably around the $80k mark

Age: the boat will be partially financed, so finding a boat in the -20 year old mark is a plus for the financing company

So far the only boats that we have seen that match these:
Hunter 42 Passage
Catalina Morgan 45

Help pointing us in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 19-10-2013, 11:37   #2
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Re: Yacht suggestions

FWIW, I have not seen any center cockpit designs with walk-through transoms nor decent sugar-scoop sterns. There are lots of aft cockpit boats with these features.

Also, center cockpits tend not to be nearly as large as aft designs because they take room out of the center and arguably the best part of the hull and thus compromise the accommodations.

These are only two of the many reasons that I personally don't like cc designs!

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FWIW, I have not seen any center cockpit designs with walk-through transoms nor decent sugar-scoop sterns. There are lots of aft cockpit boats with these features. Also, center cockpits tend not to be nearly as large as aft designs because they take room out of the center and arguably the best part of the hull and thus compromise the accommodations. These are only two of the many reasons that I personally don't like cc designs! Cheers, Jim
Thanks for the input.

I think the Hunter Passage 42 has the best sugar-scoop for a CC. It seems the best part of a CC is the large aft stateroom with centerline berth. Something the wife likes very much. CCs also have deeper companionways which is a negative to us.

The inverse would be something like a Beneteau with two berths aft and the master forward on the centerline. The thought of hearing the anchor all night makes the wife hesitant on that layout.

A Catalina 42 has the nice transom and forward berth, but it's on the port side which, with a toddler, facilitates the wife climbing over to tend to her at night (as I, like most men, sleep between her and the door).

This is my challenge, hence the post, the desires and the reality seem to be slightly off, at least in the yachts we've seen so far.

I'm hoping there is a yacht we haven't seen yet that's matches all of these, so I'm leaning on the vast experience on CF to help
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