Originally Posted by jhughes
I am 65 years young and in good shape, non smoke and non drink, love the water
, minimalist @ heart, have started my ASI certification
courses, some "bareboat" sailing as crew, done with "mainstream America", looking for my next adventure;
I am looking to narrow down my search for a mono hull
sailboat that I can single
hand sail (coastal to get started) and live aboard.
Requesting any feed back on the following;
Boat Design/Manufacturer; ??
Length; 30' to 34'?
; full or cut away?
Tiller or Wheel
Minimum navigation equipment
Solar vs. Wind generator
... plus any feed back on things that I have yet to consider.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
Based on your requirements as mentioned, you will find hundreds of boats that fit the bill in your area of many ages, makes, styles, and riggings.
The bottom line will be that every one of them will have a plus or minus. Every feature is a compromise - these boats have been in evolution for a long time.
If you plan to liveaboard
the boat, then most important feature is one personal taste. Get a good sailboat broker (specializing in sailboats!!) and start looking. You will rapidly find the ones that do and don't suit your tastes.
You only need to be fooling with keel types and the like if you have a specialized requirement - the only specific exception I'd make is that if you have any hope of sailing in shallow waters, you'll need a t-type, torpedo, or similar short keel design.
If you try to specify every feature of your boat now like you're entering a million dollar race
, you'll spend forever trying to find it, just to find that you don't like the salon
layout, or that it is too out of date, or not equipped the way you would like, or whatever.
Just look. There are so many great boats out there, many of them exceptionally outfitted and cared for, and many of those a great bargain to the person who is ready and willing to make the purchase