Originally Posted by jostalli
I really like this plan.
You have chosen three cats well if you are looking in the $1.1-1.3M price range. The Outremer 5X is a performance cat so not as much space or payload as the others. The Saba 50 is so brand new that nobody has any idea what it will be like. All we have are renderings. I even heard they changed the sail plan due to ridicule from distributors. The Lagoon 500 was replaced by the Lagoon 52 so perhaps you are meaning the 52.
Mikethedane, I like your methodical approach.
As Jostalli said, these are very different boats. I would encourage you to spend as much time on as many different boats as possible. Don't limit yourself to sailing just those 3 boats. You will learn a lot from every boat you sail from sail handling, to helm
position, to layout, etc. You will find those things that are really important and those things that you thought were important, but after trying alternatives are not so important. There are lots of debates of helm
up/down, walk around vs crawl in end/side berths. Until you live with it yourself for a week or more you don't really know what will be a true deal breaker. Given your specs, I would suggest you consider the Atlantic 47
, it looks great on paper. While I haven't sailed an Atlantic (yet), I have sailed a forward cockpit
boat (Elcie Expeditions
), and really loved it. However it's a particular pet peeve of mine that on most cruising cats you can't see forward well while sitting in various places in the cockpit
. I like to be able see 360 degrees from anywhere in the saloon
and don't want to be glued to the helm chair underway. Another option you may consider: A year or so ago there was a rumor going around that someone had engaged Dick and Maine Cat
to build them a 50' version of his boats. That would be a nice alternative as well.