Originally Posted by Gludy
The plan is to do some long distance cruising that would involve spending time on the boat - many months.
Circumnavigate the UK then probably take part in the Arc
. Then some blue water
So we need a boat that is good for all seas and living aboard
a long time.
Budget without taxes
top is about USA $1.3m (Ģ700k) but I am also happy to spend less than that - its a question of the best value for the money
. Having said that I do like quality.
The first 3 boats you mention are typical charter
style boats, with all that implies. (Yes, I know you can get an owners version)
Mediocre sailing performance.
Plenty of extra toilets and stuff to keep running.
Medium quality at best.
Alot of boat for the money.
When you come round to selling it, the market price
will probably be depressed by the abundance of charter
boats for sale
, so reckon on a potentially larger depreciation.
The Discovery brand has a good reputation for monos, but this is their first venture into cats - so an unknown factor here when you need to sell.
There are several other designs/builders you can look at in Europe
, like Catana
, Privelege, Freydis etc.
These boats generally keep their value a bit better.
I would personally look at an Atlantic 55 from Chris White, or a nice Shuttleworth
, or some of the Antipodean designs, but these are not stock boats.
The best value for money at the moment would be to buy a nice used boat
in the USA or Caribbean
, (make sure it's CE approved), get it shipped over to the UK and get someone to give it a thorough update and get it set up for singlehanding
. That will give you alot more value for money at present, and your depreciation would be negligible over a few years.