Hello there! My husband and I are new to sailing (though my husband has power boat
experience) and are beginning the process of researching and buying
(OK, this process has actually been ongoing for about 6 months now). Our immediate goal is to place the boat in a Captain'd charter
fleet (I've read the horror stories about bare boat charters and what happens to the boat), then in 7-10 years we want to do a circumnavigation
We are both 48 years old and both still working, thus, the charter
thing since we won't be able to use the boat full time.
The reason my husband suggested that I join is because I have about 3 hairs left on my head
I've done so far. I think I find a boat I like (we've been to 2 boat shows and have seen the models we thought we liked), and have been out on a Lagoon 440
and a Leopard
39 so far (day trips with friends). Here is the issue I have. I like the Fountaine Pajots, the Lagoons and the Leopards. Our budget
is about 350-370K (so we are looking at a used boat
, obviously). Depending on who you talk to, any and all of those are either the "best boat out there" or "trash". One is a "Caddy" the other a "Hyundai". This is why I have about 3 hairs on my head
, LOL! How in the WORLD does a new boat owner know where to turn? I think, "Well, if we buy boat X and it turns out [whomever] was right, and it really is a piece of crap, well, now we're stuck with a horrible boat." It seems to me that a weekly charter is not going to tell me what I want to know about the long term ownership
of the boat. After being on several boats, we do know that the minimum length that will work for us is 39-40ft and we are looking at a maximum of 44-45.
OK, that's the basics I suppose. This site is a wealth of information, alright. But has also contributed to that loss of hair thing, as I pull out more each day with each subsequent contradictory thread, LOL! Sigh.