Originally Posted by terah
We're planning a career break in 2 years time, intending to cruise
the Med in the summer, then the Caribbean
for a few months, then either come home after a year or continue into the Pacific to finish in New Zealand
after 2 years.
We are a family
with 2 boys who will be 9 and 6 when we leave.
At the moment we are very much set on a catamaran
, but with a likely budget
of £150k GBP we are looking at smaller boats with a few years on them.
There are very few suitable boats in the UK, so a lot will depend on how well the pound is doing when we are able to purchase
(hopefully early next year), but for now there are a fair number of Lagoon
380's in our range in France
, and these tick a lot of boxes for us. Coming from a 30ft mono the additional space seems huge.
Are there any obvious problems with a 380 for what we are planning? And are there any specific things to look out for on an older (~10 year old) 380? (I've read 3Eagles 15,500 mile review - Lagoon 380 User Review (15,500 Mile Review)
which is excellent, just looking for more recent views)
Are there any other cats worth looking at in our price
We did that in 2011/12 with kids
age 4&5 at the beginning. They still have lots of good memories, and now they are older still love sailing.
However I guess when they turn 12 they will be lost
to hormons and peer pressure.
My advice: So go as soon as possible. Life gets in the way easily
We had a Lagoon 410 for that trip, bought in the Med and sold in the Caribbean
. Lots of work to do on the boat, but overall a good deal financially, the boat sold for more than we had invested in it. The daily cost of living was lower than at home. The only real "cost" was the lost income
for the year.
If I were you I'd prefer a charter layout. They are way easier & cheaper to get (even those that were privately used) .
So far I don't understand what the owner's hull
is good for. Unless you enjoy sitting at a small office desk for your "single moments".
The big shower
is only nice when in colder climates. Once in tropical waters almost nobody showers inside.
Overall the 3cabin version has lots of wasted space and doesn't provide significant storage
or comfort to me. Its better for resale value, but you pay more upfront so that doesn't help much.
You will enjoy the 4 cabins on long passages, when you can move around as required. Depending on sea condition and wave direction the cabins have slightly different motion and noise
levels so chose one that seems ok every night. Plus the additional cabin
will allow for passage
crew and family
As for creature comfort and genset I have a differnt view:
Our 410 was originally equipped by some of these guys that plan a circumnavigation
and never find the time or guts to go. It came with big, expensive and very quiet marine
genset. Add to that stuff like big A/C, 230v watermaker, dive compressor
, huge 3kW inverter
, washing machine and all that stuff, total weight of these goodies was over a ton.
The 410 was heavily loaded and relatively slow.
We had to run the genset once per day for an hour or two for charging
the batteries, while making water
, heating water
, filling dive tanks
, baking bread, etc at the same time. Running a genset means being tied to the boat for that time, costs diesel
, annoys your neighbors in the anchorage.
When I bought my next boat, a FP Mahe, I decided to go another way: 560W solar
, a quiet small 12v Katadyn
watermaker with separate small tank&pump only for drinking water
, 1kW inverter
. All very light stuff.
And it worked out very well. We made water for a few hours every other day. The Katadyn
provided us with all drinking & cooking
water, and we used shore water from the main tanks
for showering and cleaning
. Water is available for free/cheap in most areas, who cares about the quality if its not for drinking.
If there was no water available we could run the watermaker all day long to make as much water as we needed, the small drinking water
tank would overflow into the main tanks.
Of course we are not tied to the boat while making water, afterall we don't have a genset running but just a small watermaker that doesn't need supervision.
Batteries are always full, we never used the engines to charge.
Washing machine? We could have used a small top loader camping washing machine on the inverter but decided we actually don't mind visiting local laundries from time to time.
Baking bread in a bread maker? no problem if done around noon. Otherwise batteries would have taken a beating.
AC? no, but we never go into marinas
anyway so we always have a breeze
Our next boat will be solar
based, too. Much cheaper, no noise
, much lighter, less maintenance
. If a used boat
comes with a decent genset I use it but I will certainly never install one myself.