Allow me to introduce myself.
I learned how to boat on a 37' cigarette that had the cap removed. I enjoyed this boat as it was converted to run long distances an work as a center con open fisher
Then I moved on to friends that had basic bow riders 22-27'.
I had a blast cruising in those around central Florida
mostly near-shore and in the inter-coastal.
Recently a friend an I purchased a pontoon boat. We cruise
the Hillsborough river and parts
of Tampa Bay - most of our time is spent fishing
and getting on the water
Now after about 20 years of powerboats that same friend and I are about to get our first Sailboat.
The idea is to learn sailing basics going from central Florida
to the keys and eventually around the Caribbean
As our skill grows so will the distances of our adventures.
I guess the first question I would ask is does anyone have any recommendations on a boat. Ideally it would sleep at least six people and be capable of crossing blue water
. (Colombia, Panama
, and Nicaragua
are certainly possible destinations) We have been looking at Ketch's around 40'. From obsessively reading everything we come across that looks like a decent place to start. Ideally we would like to spend $35-45k USD.
My second question is there anything you wish you did differently when buying
your first sailboat???
Thanks and I look forward to making many new friends in the CF forums
and on the water!