Welcome to the forum, Ryan B. You say nothing of you and your family's sailing experience. If limited, it may be a bit premature to even contemplate a circumnavigation
. Simply put, people much wiser than I have suggested that people should buy a boat for their expected use in the near-term future and not for long-term dreams. Put another way, there are many families that take up cruising and don't like it. There are many more who quite enjoy cruising in places like the Bahamas
and the Caribbean
, but who have no interest (and indeed a dislike or fear) of long offshore
In your case (and with your budget), it will be an important consideration because there a large number of cats (including those you mention) that would be well-suited to Bahamian/Caribbean cruising, but which may be less than ideal for a circumnavigation
In addition, you make no mention of what the $100K is supposed to include. Is this for only the initial purchase
price of the boat, including any taxes
? Or is this to include the tens of thousands of dollars that most used cats in that price range will likey require in upgrades/repairs in order to get ready for a cruise
for a few years?
If you are prepared to look at cats that would be more appropriate for Bahamian and Caribbean
cruising than a circumnavigation, then the list of boats expands dramatically. The PDQ
36 was a well-built boat with decent performance and bridgdeck clearance. Many had two large forward staterooms and a smaller one aft. Later ones had a separate stall shower
- important for live-aboards with children
Some had twin diesels, but I would not be scared off by the ones with twin outboards as it allow you to carry additional stores (the outboards are lighter) and will dramatically reduce your maintenance
costs, especially if the engines are getting long in the tooth.
The Gemini 105
is also a boat that provides a gread deal of bang for the buck. While more lightly built than the PDQ
and while having much lower bridgedeck clearance, they sail well to windward and are at the low end of the cost spectrum for a cat that could accomodate your family
. Certainly if your budget
is to be $100K all in, this will be one of the only cats of relatively recent vintage that will fit the bill.
Indeed, if your maximum budget is $100K all-in, be careful not to underestimate the cost of upgrades and repairs
. If that is the case, I suspect you should be limiting yourself to boats that can be purchased for $70K or less. That would include the Gemini
, but also various older Catalacs, Prouts etc.