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Old 15-03-2014, 20:57   #1
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Which sailboat for the caribbean

Our plan is to long term cruise the caribs, in 3 years. we have been looking at different boats for this adventure. We have narrowed our choices to the following;

1: CS 36T
2: Tartan 34C
3: CS 36 Merlin (Casto design) Swim platform (big plus in my book)

We are a couple retired plus a Golden. Some sailing exp. but learning from our current boat a C&C 25. I have a 25K budget to purchase the boat + another 35K to fix or refit . Now just because I have a budget does not means I have to spend it.

We will anchor/sail the majority of the time, and we plan on being in Aruba or Curacao, for the hurricane season.

So what would be your choice for a sailboat to sail the Caribbean seas?
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Old 15-03-2014, 22:01   #2
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Re: Which sailboat for the caribbean

Hiya TightGroup! Google Beneteau Oceanis in the 30 footer class. If I were in your shoes, that would be my choice when sailing the Caribbean. Good luck!

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Re: Which sailboat for the caribbean

Those are good boats but the drafts might be a bit high for the Caribbean.

I'm curious why you have a $25k + $35k budget rather than a $60k budget. Is it a cash flow issue? Your options would expand if you had more than $25k for the initial purchase.
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Re: Which sailboat for the caribbean

Look at the draft !! Try for 4 and a half foot draft if ya can ! Or less even is nice ! opens up a lot of great ancorages all thru the Carribe! And even helps for some entrances to some major harbors In the Bahamas and some of the Islands as well ! Just my 2 cents
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Those are good boats but the drafts might be a bit high for the Caribbean.

I'm curious why you have a $25k + $35k budget rather than a $60k budget. Is it a cash flow issue? Your options would expand if you had more than $25k for the initial purchase.
Excellent question. Every boat I looked at used from 70's to the 90's needed work, and then there was stuff I wanted done. Like new standing & running rigging, rebedded the stanchions and new lifelines, new compositing head, new tanks water + fuel, water maker, revamped battery and recharging system.

The Tartan 34C has a nice shoal draft at 3'10 with the centerboard and you can get a clean one for less than 12k but no swim platform The CS36T is my fav but not well suited for the carib, I sailed on these in my younger days

The CS 36 merlin by Tony Castro, though its a pan grid glued laminated structure, does have a swim platform and is spacious enough. though i doubt the merlin will sail as well as the CS 36T .

If only I could bolt a usable swim platform on the tartan
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Our plan is to long term cruise the caribs, in 3 years. we have been looking at different boats for this adventure.

We will anchor/sail the majority of the time, and we plan on being in Aruba or Curacao, for the hurricane season.

So what would be your choice for a sailboat to sail the Caribbean seas?
why. Curacao or aruba for. hurricane season--easy to get to but a bit difficult to get out of
and as above shallow draft we draft and in parts off crib that is perfect
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Hiya TightGroup! Google Beneteau Oceanis in the 30 footer class. If I were in your shoes, that would be my choice when sailing the Caribbean. Good luck!

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I'm bias as I used to own a CS36T and put about 7000 offshore miles on it, that would be my choice given your group of 3. They do come in shoal draft with a Scheel keel.
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why. Curacao or aruba for. hurricane season--easy to get to but a bit difficult to get out of
and as above shallow draft we draft and in parts off crib that is perfect
Wife has a Dutch passport, we could have a little getaway place and earn money while on shore. But I have not yet looked at all the details, but I am in the planning phase
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Hiya TightGroup! Oceanis sailboats have the stern's platform that you're looking for. Look them up! Good luck!

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