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Old 11-09-2013, 21:05   #1
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6 year plan

Hello All,

My husband had a dream that now we are both sharing it. Our plan is a 2 year adventure sailing down through BVI. We are from Ontario CA and currently own a 26 McGregor. In two years we will be mortgage free on both our homes (second marriage) and 4 years later will be empty nesters. We are looking to purchase a 40 to 42 ft sail boat. My husband is wavering between a Beneteau or Hunter. We would love to hear your insights on either boat. This is our second summer sailing on big lakes but next year we are moving to bigger water, the Great Lakes, we're taking baby steps with this sailing. We hope we will be sea worthy by the time we take our big adventure.
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Hello All,

My husband had a dream that now we are both sharing it. Our plan is a 2 year adventure sailing down through BVI. We are from Ontario CA and currently own a 26 McGregor. In two years we will be mortgage free on both our homes (second marriage) and 4 years later will be empty nesters. We are looking to purchase a 40 to 42 ft sail boat. My husband is wavering between a Beneteau or Hunter. We would love to hear your insights on either boat. This is our second summer sailing on big lakes but next year we are moving to bigger water, the Great Lakes, we're taking baby steps with this sailing. We hope we will be sea worthy by the time we take our big adventure.
Thank you all,
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Old 11-09-2013, 21:24   #3
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Hiya Jenny! When the time comes, look up Beneteau - Oceanis boats; built to last, rugged, perfect for cruising the seven seas. Leave Hunter boats for training and a non-too-rough sailing environment. Keep us posted! Good luck! (Disclaimer: Not affiliated with any boat manufacturer or their sales reps, in any capacity.)

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My husband is wavering between a Beneteau or Hunter. We would love to hear your insights on either boat.
Welcome to the forum.

Don't buy a brand; buy a specific boat. I've owned two Hunters, a 410 and a 46LE, and they have completely different sailing characteristics. The former, for example, is fraction rigged while the latter is masthead rigged. I've sailed a lot of Beneteaus as well, and can assure you that the First series is a completely different animal than the Oceanus series.

Again, welcome to the forum. See you out there in six years!
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Old 12-09-2013, 20:43   #5
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Thanks to all! This site is so informative. So much to learn so why not learn from those who attended the school of hard Knox !
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Old 15-09-2013, 21:07   #6
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We have a 49 Hunter AC and love it. We have been sailing her since May of 2012. As with any sailboat design and manufacturer you will find pros and cons. I spent a year sailing a Swan 57 from Sam Diego to the South of France and of course a Swan is one of the finest built / designed sailing yachts ever built and our Hunter would be considered a production (Ford / Chevy) of sailboats. The Hunter runs about 80% less than a Hunter and I can assure you it's performance is within 15% to 20% of a Swan.
Find the boat that feels right for you and then research it thoroughly and you will be happy whatever the manufacturer maybe.
You will find helpful people here as well as those who have their own agendas take them all in stride as you pursue your dream. It took me 27 years since I sailed the Swan to Europe to finally see the reality of our dream to sail away from it all.
Good Luck and never lose sight of your dreams
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There is a search function on this sight. You will find there a lot of controversy. In the end, you just go ahead and buy the boat that fits you.
If I had to make a suggestion, it would be to charter a few different boats and go from there.
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To be honest, I'd look at both and buy the one you find that is the best value/condition.
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To be honest, I'd look at both and buy the one you find that is the best value/condition.
+1 Good advice. Lots of good gear can be on a used boat.

I would add....don't limit yourself to those two brands. Lots of other quality boats out there.
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Welcome to Cruisers Forum Naughty Jenny.

Being Canadian and planning to sail to the Caribbean, you should read this book, which was written by a Canadian woman who did the same thing. It will give you a good feel for what the experience is like.

An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude Paperback
by Ann Vanderhoof
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Lol we have that book! My husband read it , his only complaint was there too many recipes in it haha. Ive almost finished it and I love all the recipes. She gave a really good feel for life sailing through the BVI's.
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The cracked conch is fabulous! You just have to figure out how to catch the conchs, get them out of their shells, and clean them. Not easy!
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Curious if you have checked out the Catalina Sailboats. We have owned three and love them.

Our current boat took us from San Francisco to Florida over 33 months and was an outstanding vessel!
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
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Welcome aboard CF! I too felt there waaayyy too many recipes in that book, but loved reading it just the same.
Different boats appeal to different folks for dozens of reasons. Try sailing different boats (renting?) to check them out before you buy.
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