We are new sailors
and a family
of 5, ( 2 big kids
and 3 medium size kids) We're shopping
for a used cruising / live aboard Cat around 45 ft and under 250K ( AUD preferable) We plan on extending our experience in the local waters of North Qld and gathering experience to go beyond in a couple / few years time. Something with offshore
ability is as important as our immediate needs as i don't want to be trading in a boat i have perfected to suit our needs at a later date..
Have been looking at FP, Leopard
,Catana, Prout etc and have been reading everything available about all of them. It seems there has been a design influence shift in the last decade or so from cruising performance and liveability to more Charter
driven demands for the big manufacturers ( big volume heavy , slow and underpowered??? This may work in our favour as we can probably only afford a 15-25 yr old boat with our budget
Any advice on what to look for in a used cat of certain vintage would be much appreciated..
Boats of noted interest are a FP "Casamance 1992", A Prout Quasar 50 1990 - (narrow beam version) A privilege
if one becomes available at a decent price
and pretty much anything else that looks solid , performs in most airs and will take bad weather
with some grace..
Im a qualified Marine
electrician and engineer
don't scare me if the effort required is reflected in the price
.. Although boats are always an ongoing project
.. I'm not really after a "project" boat .. more something which we can sail away on with whatever updates / toys are required to make safe passage
Any other make / model suggestions to consider would be appreciated. Again.. 45ft and around 250K
Any feedback on the dreaded hull
slap by model , sea kindliness , liveability , known issues etc etc ..?!?