I am basically looking for a boat type to look for in the used market. So brand names are good and suppose well designed custom boats would be too.
Like I said, it is for the Bahamas, Florida, Keys, and generally not too far from my home NW of Tampa.
Right now I have a Catamaran
Cruisers houseboat that at 40 feet is awesome for local conditions which are always benign on the flats. It can only get so rough in 5 foot of water
along the coast here. It is huge inside and out and drafts 20 inches, rides like a Rolls over anything less than 3 foot of chop which is the most you ever get here outside of a tropical storm. The problem is the boat is not safe to go across deep water
with big waves.
I am trying to find a boat that will do as well as my trailer on floats locally but still allow me to go further, specifically to the Bahamas. I am open to power or sail. I have lots of coastal sailing experience in various boats over the years but have never owned a sailing cat.
It is really hard to find a boat that will be as good as the one I have for local operations and still be able to go further out.
I want to basically take a look at every option out there that has a really thinwater capability and see which ones will do as my boat does right now. Things like being able to park at high tide and have zero problems when the tide goes out and you are hard aground. I do that all the time in my present boat. Many of the thinwater boats cannot do that - you can damage the running gear
Anyway, there are boats I don't already know about out there that might fit the bill and I am in a research
mode. I was going to buy soon, but have decided to wait as I have a new son (6 months) and will probably change boats in say five years as the current
one is perfect for short trips off my backyard dock
to the nearby white sand beaches of Anclote Key and spring fed rivers North of here.