We ourselves have looked for two years, and have decided on the Vagabond 47. Lots of storage, and room for the company that visit. We are in the process of buying and very excited to move aboard. Good luck in your search.
See maybe I'm delusional, but I think from a cost standpoint, a slow trawler run at hull speed or less with a small engine for someone that only wants coastal cruising, up and down the ICW etc. is a logical choice. I think it may even be cheaper than a sailboat assuming you mostly sit in an area, in marinas and only re-locate when seasons change to stay in nice weather all year round. You have more room in a trawler, I believe they are easier to dock and are easier to get on and off the dock.
My intent is once I'm done cruising and get older, to retire a second time on a trawler.
All depends on what your needs and wants are. Just stay away from the big multiple engine, planing boats as they can go through fuel at an amazing rate.
This sounds wise to me. Sailboats are not a choice to be made just for economy. Sailboats are best for those that enjoy sailing. If you're not interested in sailing as a sport, it's best to choose a power boat like the type that a64pilot describes.
I luv this post as we too have the cruising bug buried deep in our soul. looking at selling the house in 4yrs, although the wife is trying to bump it up to 3yrs. A lot will be determined by the housing market in SE. Florida when we sell. I'm hoping for a strong rebound by then. If not we will go smaller but still go. Good luck to all and thank you for the good advise. Luv hearing every ones point of view.
We have a solid contract on the house. Didn't get quite what we wanted but moving in a positive direction. Looks like Florida in mid to late Jan. Going for a Motor Yacht from the 80's most likely. Just depends on what we find on the market when we get there.