to the forum after lurking for years.
I regularly charter
(once or twice a year for the last 13 years) with my family
of 5 (Ages 36, 34, 9, 8, and 2). We have set a goal to take a gap year two years from now, sell the house and go sailing, most likely lesser Antilles, no major ocean crossings although the thought of buying
a boat in the Med and sailing the Milk Run appeals to me and a few buddies.
The boat budget
is $200k and it seems that for that much money
you can get an older charter
cat around the 42 foot mark, or a newer nice 50-53 foot less old monohull
I know that the cat vs. monohull
debate has been played out, but I've never heard it in the context of a smaller cat vs a larger monohull at the same cost for a family
We've chartered from 30 to 52 foot monos and 38, 40, and 48 foot cats. I feel "comfortable" single
handling them all and lots of space in a boat is what we want. Ever since sailing Annapolis
and Marion - Bermuda
and back on a 60 foot sloop
i've always loved big monohulls. It surprises me, but I think $ for $ I'd rather have a big monohull. The stability, space, motion at sea, etc all seem appealing.
On the flip side, a boat that doesn't heel(much), redundant engines and rudders, brighter salon
, much less draft
, and smaller sails
seems nice too.
I've thought about it all way too much and could write all about it, but I was wondering what others with kids
thought as I'm interested in all perspectives and like to daydream...