I will agree with Boatman61.
Ah yes 40 ft is nice, bigger could be nicer too.
I lived and owned both 40+ sail and power boat
I sailed, race
, delivered, owned from 16 to 62ft over the years.
So Why 30 something ft?
Its manageable, both financially and physically.
I would like to have 30ft of water
length but that takes me to close to 40ft overall. a 30ft boat that is kept at its optimal sailng speed will be as fast as a 40ft that is not tuned because it is too much wrk to do so, etc.
30 ft allow you good headroom
, I prefer a wheel
to a tiller.
And that is what I am actually looking for at the moment.
What Am I looking at? well I am open to every boat I see, but here are a few ideas.
- Long in the tooth is the Offshore
30, very well build solid.
will likely need re-power and re-wire etc... you can think of it as an advantage! I would look for the bowsprit
version. with something like this I would likely look to be as independent as possible so 12v everything, a new diesel
with 2 alternators and good battery
banks, maybe a 30A connection but no battery charger
, or electric
fridge, or AC etc. about 7-10k$
- PC Crealock
31 (1987 and later) to me very close to the perfect boat, you can look them up. It has all the amenities and in above average quality. expect 90k$+
- happy mix. O'day 32, they were well built, but are in a lower class of boat (plastic ports
openings etc) never the less I enjoyed sailing (delivery) it . say 15k$
- finally Catalina
28, a good starter boat, even for island hoping. (to the Bahamas
for example), I see them for 7-8k$
You mentioned that this would be your first boat in this cruising category so I would suggest go with a lower price
, you can learn what you like and dont like and look for that on your next boat!
Do you absolutely want a liner inside or is staring at a grp ceiling with possible condensation
There are very nice European boats, they can be good bargain because ppl do not know them (Amel, Wauquiez, Dufour
I am looking at full keel
or 3/4 and a skeg, contrary to when racing
i want a boat that will track easily, I want to be able to hit a log, a picnic table or a dead head
at night, without worrying too much.
I am in the pacific north west, if I was still on the east coast
my choice could be different.
Look up 'empty pocket' on the net, a 30ft out of Florida
, I believe, they might be inspirational for what you want to do!
in the end buy the smallest you are comfortable with in the highest quality you can afford.
It goes on and on and on...