Hello everyone. I am looking for some advice/critique of my plans to a sailboat in the next 18-24 months.
First a bit about me (us). I currently own a 40’ motor
yacht on a large inland lake. I have taken some professional training as well as read/watch videos as much as I can. I have completed the ASA101 and plan on taking the 103/104 next year. In addition I sail a couple of times a month on sailboats (26-36), thus continuing my education/skills progression.
Over the course of the next 18-24 months we plan on selling our current
home and downsizing as the kids
leave for college. We are not “selling it all” and sailing off into the sunset. For the foreseeable future (8-10 years) we will be commuter live-aboard/cruisers, spending 1/3-1/2 of the year (though not necessarily consecutively) on the boat (working/living), starting in Florida
and then transitioning to the Caribbean
. No expectations beyond the Gulf/Caribbean/east coast sailing.
This is what I have outlined as my criteria and I would love to get feedback. Price
will be $150K or below (if I can find a cat in that price
range I will give it SERIOUS consideration but honestly most are not and I know that whatever I buy, no matter how nice it seems, there will be funds needed to upgrade/repair it).
- 1990 or newer (though will consider as seasoned as a 1980 but it has to fit the requirements to a “t”.
- 2-cabin, 2-head layout (will do 3 cabin but not 4). Prefer at least 1 separate shower.
- 35’+ minimum
- Draft under 6'
- No teak decks
- All lines led aft. Prefer roll-furler main (my fiance’ is learning to sail but as she said, this is “my passion” not hers, so I will be technically “solo sailing” a lot).
- Would prefer updated electronics package but not a deal killer
- Would prefer a diesel generator but not a deal killer
- A/C for at least dock usage is a “must”
- Electric windlass
- Would like a storm sail setup or the ability to accommodate one (preferably on a roller furler)
- Bimini/dodger a must, full enclosure would be nice
- Dinghy davits
- Prefer a large cockpit, will consider all hull types but would prefer one with a swim platform (vs. canoe or double-ender style)
- Adequate tankage to be able to anchor-out and not return to a dock for two-three weeks.
- Watermaker would be nice
What am I missing? What am I considering that is out of whack? So far I have been looking at Beneteau’s, Jeanneau’s, Island Packet’s, and Bavaria’s with the occasional Tartan, Pearson
, or Tayana. I am open to any and all input.