I am planning a 3 year circumnavigation
with my family
. We are in the beginning phase of selecting a boat, and based on the quality of the posts I have read, I though I would share my thoughts, seek suggestions, and open myself up to constructive criticism.
My two line CV is that I grew up sailing and have always wanted to sail around the world. I own a Seawind
1000, am 40 years old, married with three boys ages 2, 7 and 8. We live in Hermosa Beach, CA.
The overview is that we plan to leave in 2011 (We want the boys as old as possible, yet feel it is important to have the oldest back by high school
.) Ideally, we plan to start on the East Coast
, with the Caribbean
being our first season. The goal is purchase
our boat at least a year in advance (sometime in 2009), put the boat in private charter
with a captain
, and get all the kinks worked out, plus take some longer trips on the boat before we "go it alone." Some other business reasons why we want the boat a little early.
Knowing all that, we need to select a boat. This is what I think I know so far.
1) It must be a safe, blue water
capable cat. I know that is obvious, but it allows me skip a lot of the details - bridge deck
clearance, tankage, weight capacity, etc.
2) We want it to be as big as safely possible for our family
to handle. I figure we will bring on crew for the major crossings.
3) Based on item 2 above, the 50 foot range is what we are looking at.
Up. (I have read a great deal on this forum about the galley
up and down. If there is any interest in why we picket what we did, I can provide that in greater detail later.)
5) I think (75% certain) that we do not
want the engines under the bunks, in the cabin
6) In the trade
off between the Porsche and the SUV, we are more on the side of the SUV. (Did I mention I am married with 3 boys?)
There are many other details about a boat that I am skipping. Lets assume that most of those are addressed in number 1 above, and further narrowed down by number 6. This is as much about selecting the lifestyle tradeoffs, with the general assumption that we will be spending 70%-85% of our time at anchor
or sailing in a single
Lets start with what is out - in our size range:
Lagoons - Galley ups have the new raised cockpit
. We chartered one for a week in the BVI. Great option for a charter
, but not so great for world cruse - that is letting 10% of time rule
out an option. The older Lagoons, which are proven blue water
boats, are all galley down. (See some photos under our profile.)
- Can not find a model that is galley up. Too bad, as once again that is a proven blue water boat.
Leopard/Moorings - not big enough
All the daggerboard cats are more like the Porsche then the SUV. And I am partial to fixed keels.
St Francis 50 - not out completely, but number 5 above is a concern. Have not seen a galley up, but plan to charter the one that just arrived in the BIV a few months ago.
- The Salina 48 is our current
top selection. The problem is, I have not even walked on one yet. Trying to charter on this Thanks Giving holiday.
So that is the short list. If you are still reading, I know that I skimmed over a great deal of information. If anyone follows up, ask questions and I can provide much more detail about my reasoning. I just did not want this to be too long to start.
Thank you all.