I've been operating a 28' center console charter fishing
boat with twin 250 outboards. $20K each motor
. And they are better when purchased in pairs. Plus all the other "stuff". Of course all the other stuff requires updating and service
also such as 4 man life raft, bottom paint
, buffing and electronics
. I need a place to sleep, cook, eat, wash up, a little heat and air conditioning
is always nice. The power boats with all that that I like, such as a 2005 (I think) 34' pursuit with twin Cummins and genset are just a little out of my range at around 100K plus maintenance
. It had plenty of room down below with all the a fore mentioned amenities, twin flat screen
TV's and room to move even with 3-4 people below deck
. Same type boat with outboards won't have the beam for room below.
Sailboat wise, I'm thinking 36 is more of a minimum, with my friends 36 Island Packet
still lacking a few amenities, no genset, AC, propane
only heat, smaller water fuel
and holding tanks
than might be practical. I think one of those $5-6K water makers would be a plus also when traveling South beyond Fla. And I cannot really afford it. MY friends Island Packet
is about 5 years old and would still be worth about $150K. :-(
But I know there are deals out there, as long as I don't get one that needs more maintenance than I can afford too. It's probably not happening this year, maybe next year or further down the road, so I figure time to start looking, learning
and investigating now. I had thought the Benniteau 60 was perfect. But not the quality of the Island Packet and probably close to a million dollars, plus upkeep. LOL not happening unless I hit the lottery - and even then I'd probably have to hit it twice!
BTW I would only want a minimal amount of wood. Been there and don't that! And synthetic wood works for me!