Originally Posted by SuenosAzules
This is a very loaded question that takes lots of research
and reading. My best advice is to continue to read websites and blogs written by actual cruisers (like me) so I am going to offer my online article. It is at:
Article on Living Aboard
I hope this helps with your decision.
We have an 01 Gemini
105Mc #753 and love it. What boat # is yours? I like your artical and hope to replace our inflatiable with a hard dingy in the next few years. We live in the Pacific North west so a good disel hydronic furnice is our next big expence.
I met a couple who bought a Lepard 44 that was retired from rental. The couple is from Fla and after getting the saildrives replaced and rigging
replaced in Fla they started there cruse west thru the Panama
and to Hawaaii and then turned north to head
. They got hit by a rogue wave
that bashed thru the foward windows that had too much sun damage with 1100 gal of water
in the boat, when they went to deploy there rescue
pod it had fallen off because of corroded hinges on the under side of the bridge deck
. The guy who owned the boat got hit by the water
coming in thru the front windows got knocked down and broke his leg a couple hundred miles off the Columbia
river bar and had to be rescued because his wife couldn't handle the rest of the trip solo sailing because the water knocked out the electical systems. The couple got rescued ok and finally pumped out the water and got the batteries working and got the boat to the Columbia
river and to Portland
with help. I saw the cat at Portland
Or when we were getting our mast
reput on and it had no front windows and they had taken off the rigging
. This last summer they motored without there mast and rigging ( too tall for 65 ft bridge clearence ) up stream on the Columbia 200 miles and visited our marina for several months while the owner under went surgery on fixing his broken leg. They told me they were headed up to Seattle
and the Salish Sea this fall and plan on sailing the inside waters around the San Juan Islands
My recomdations on used boats is to replace all hinges that are corroded and windows that have any sun damage it reduces the strength, not counting the replacing rigging and saildrives which is obvious.