I have been living aboard
sailboats in Nanaimo for almost 10 years and I have been sailing/followed sailing for 30 years. Here is my 2 cents.
A well known production boat is likely to be easier to sell for several reasons:
1. The builder
, CS, Hunter
has a reputation for generally good quality and good sailing characteristics
2. Each of these designs has a user group forum where the buyer can go to for advice or to just share stories. With an uknown boat the owner is left to himself to figure out where the wiring
goes, how to remove the rudder
3. Yacht brokers will be more familiar with the boat and possibly more able to market it.
The flip side of this is that you may be able to buy a boat of essentially unknown design at a much lower price
. Will it be hard to sell at that low, or lower, price
in the future? Unknown. You might also be able to find a very nice one design boat at a lower price than a production boat. Right now it is a buyers market so I think good deals are out there in production boats. To sail around here in the summer you don't need any particular kind of boat so your choice would mainly be on liveability. If you like sailing you might later get a boat with more performance in mind.
Again I don't really think you need any particular boat in terms of staying warm. It really depends on how much you want to spend on electricity, diesel, or propane
to heat the boat and how warm you need it. I guess with a little one you will want to keep it pretty warm. I just put on a sweater. My first boat was a C&C
37 with no insulation. I used an oil
filled radiator type electric
heater and that worked OK. I did have condensation/drips in the lockers from the deck
until I glued half inch closed cell foam on the surfaces. My current
boat, a Valiant 40, has half inch foam glued on the hull
. I assume this makes it easier to keep warm but don't really know. Again I use the oil
heater and that costs me 40 to 60 dollars per month in electricity. I also have a Dickinson Newport propane
heater that I fire up if it goes below freezing, an infrequent occurence this winter. Propane is fairly cheap
As for living aboard
, if you have to stay near Victoria you might look into Canoe Cove marina as I know there are liveaboards there and I think it may be more reasonable than some other marinas
. Cowichan Bay might be another reasonable option.