Iíve followed the forums
as an observer for many months and have seen plenty of these types of posts; however, I cannot find one that is similar to my goals and preferences. Simply put, I would love to get some options and opinions on sailboats that would fit what I want to do, and I would be eternally grateful. Hereís a long list of myself and goals to help with this complex question:
SELF: 27 years old, married, writer and engineer
living in Long Beach, Ca.
WIFE: 25 years old, writer, loves the ocean, wants to sail and liveaboard
: 5 year old. African Grey parrot.
SAILING EXP: 2 years of US coastal cruising on 30-40footers.
GOALS: Quit the rat race
, continue writing, liveaboard
and sail full time.
BREAKDOWN OF BOAT USE:
ORDER OF IMPORTANCE:
1)Sustainability, 2)Safety, 3)Comfort, 4)Performance
(Sustainability meaning minimal refueling, maintenance
(Performance in 4th doesnít necessarily mean I want a bathtub with a shower
curtain for a sail; but I understand concessions must be made)
islands, Western American Coast.
<= $50,000 purchase price
$20-30k more for repairs/upgrades.
Overall: Moderate. Woodworking: limited. Electrical
: High. Rigging
: Moderate. Plumbing
: Moderate. Engine
Little to no teak
Queen berth or large enough room to convert to a queen berth
LENGTH: A comfortable liveaboard
TOTAL PERSONAL ITEM WEIGHT (estimated):
max 1000 lbs (does not include consumables)
Ease of use for single/two-handed but not severely detrimental to performance.
The more the merrier (Iím 6í even)
I have examined many-a-boat and found the mountain of choices to be too mind scrambling. And so I turn to you, the expert, hoping you can illuminate to me certain manufactures, boats, and designs that may help in my decision.
Thank you so much!