First of all, I am new to this Forum. Secondly, I am asking a very open question and expect a wide variety of responses, all of which are welcome.
Situation: I am four years away from retirement
(61 yrs. old), my wife and I both in excellent health
and fitness, and we have for many years yearned to live aboard for a year or two (or .... ?) following retirement
. Due to dramatically increased costs in fuel
, we are looking at catamarans (good coastal
live aboard space, decent sailing characteristics, modern designs with running rigging
lead into the helm
winches, etc.), but would still like to combine coastal cruising (including Bahamas
/ Turks / etc.) with maybe the Great Loop cruise
I am visiting the EndeavorCat factory in Clearwater, FL, next week for a tour. I would like to end up with a sound (probably used) cat, 34 - 40 feet, small diesel
inboards -- no outboards, preferably keel
/ skeg hulls -- don't want to mess with centerboard
and trunk maintenance
and hassles, that can be single-hand sailed. Price
(today's dollars) $160K or less.
I'm wide open for your opinions -- and thanks!