Hi Likato and welcome to the forum
My husband and I just purchased 3 days ago after looking for 3 years. I don't recommend waiting so long.
I can recommend the same vessel model we have purchased - a Pearson
. It is an aft cockpit
. There is also a Pearson
422 - a center cockpit
These are ocean capable ketch
rigged boats with spacious cockpits. Ours is cutter rigged but with also a furling
system. These boats are not fin keel
- sorry - but a cutaway with skeg rudder
She's a happy boat to maneuver except in reverse out of the slip - but with practice it's no bother. Obviously she tracks well.
A 422 in wonderful condition probably is just about at your budget
, in these economic times - used to be quite a bit more. A 424 costs noticeably less than a 422.
For layout, the 422 has the spacious aft stateroom berth that center cockpits allow. The 424 master berth is more spartan - 49" at the widest and 39" at the feet. The V-berth in the 424 is 89" wide at the aft end, but who wants to crawl out of the V-berth in the middle of the night?
The wonderful thing about these boats is that the hull
is solid fiberglass
and the gel coat was put on so thick, that even after 30 years the one we own does not need paint
. The gel coat just needs a light buffing and some wax. You can't beat that for solid and bullet proof. Also, our balsa core deck
does not have soft spots and water
intrusion. The teak
interiors are very beautiful when restored as ours has been. The salon
are spacious. There is a separate shower
stall in the head
Numerous ocean crossings and passages have been accomplished with these boats.
The trick is to find one that has been restored unless you enjoy projects. Ours has been restored by others, and we are thrilled! to have it.
Here are links for more info on these boats:
Might be worth your while to consider these vessels. The project
boats are quite inexpensive, but even the restored ones will not put you in the poor house. They are an excellent buy, considering their capabilities, spacious live aboard accommodations and bullet proof hulls and gel coats. The ketch
rig is not a speed demon but sure is nice for handling. She's quick enough for me.
I'm sure lots of other folks love their ocean crossing
live aboard vessels of about the same length. They just need a nudge to get them bragging.