Originally Posted by grn4nrg
I've raced smaller boats in the past and now I want to buy liveaboard/cruiser. I would like to get some feedback on Makes, Size and equipt. needed. Since there is 2 of us, we are looking in the 40 foot range with $ 125,000 to spend. Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated.
I am in a somewhat similar position but have been at it for about six months. One thing I have noticed is that there is really no one size fits all answer.
At first I was looking more at day sailer type over night camper coastal cruisers like a Stiletto. Then I moved on to some of the Fboats, the C31 CC. I really liked the idea of being able to put the boat on a trailer. It would save docking fees
and allow towing the boat places it would take months to sail to.
Somewhere along the line I looked at a C37 because it had more room for cruising, but it is not really a boat you can put on a trailer easily. Once the thought of keeping the boat in the water
full time sorta became an option I started looking at some of the cruising cats.
By now you may have noticed everything I have posted is about multihulls. So the first thing you may want to do is determine if you are a monohull
guy or a multihull
guy, or are just looking for a boat and it does not matter if it has one, two, or three hulls.
I have some specific ideas about what I want to do with a boat in terms of where I will sail it, how long I will be on it, and activities I am interested in. Things like shoal draft
, big open deck
, and island hopping in the Bahamas
favor something like a cat. On the other hand I understand a deep draft
cruiser would be a better fit for places like the Pacific Mexican Coast and the South Seas. You are the best person to determine where you think you will be living aboard/cruise.
The location the boat will be used in and who will be using it will also determine what is needed on the boat. Some places require a heater, and a boat designed to protect folks from cold weather
. On the other hand a warm climate may mean a more open boat with good ventilation. A water maker may or may not be needed. Will you need AC, or the other part of us need it.
I created a spread sheet with features I was interested in and weighted them. Sometimes you will have competing features, e.g. the ability to trailer something like an Fboat (and associated low cost to maintain) verses the great living space on some of the stay in the water catamarans. But the nice thing about a spread sheet is that you will have to go through the process of thinking and rethinking which things are more important than others.
Also keep in mind that selecting a boat is a process and you can spend as much time as you need to figure things out.