Originally Posted by nauticalmile
Thanks very much for advice
is approx £300k and ultimately we would like to sail around New Zealand
although we might start in the Bay Of Islands where it is calmer waters.
We have been looking at boats in the US so I guess boating
will start in these waters.
I appreciate there are loads of boatmakers to choose from but was just wondering if anyone had any particular experiences of these types of boats, good or bad to help with our purchasing
Apologies for not making the Power boat
bit clear! I am new to this site and will get the hang of it!
Originally Posted by Sea Life
I have a single engine
, on 8000miles in 2 yrs this trip. I spend more on insurance
or booze and food
or etc. then I do in fuel! I will agree with the upfront costs though. Blue water
power boats aren't cheap
compared to a sailboat.
I know this thread is several months old, but just in case...
A lot of power boats are designed to cruise
at higher speeds and drink fuel like a fish
. This makes them expensive and gives them a short range. However, there is a subset of long range passagemakers that motor
along at slow speeds sipping fuel at low numbers gallons per hour. When I say slow speeds, these boats are apparently much faster than monohull
sail boats because they can firstly go in a straight line, and secondly maintain a constant speed of 5-6-7 knots depending on length because they are not limited by the wind
. When you are using so little fuel, your fuels costs are supposedly comparable to the cost of maintaining sails
of a wind
I would read Coastal Cruising Under Power
by Robert Bede and The Troller Yacht Handbook
by George Buhler to get a good understanding of how this philosophy. I'm a particular fan of Buhler who espouses simpler boats focusing more on simplicity, seakindliness, seaworhtiness, efficiency and comfort (as opposed to luxury).
You can get Diesel Ducks
in the mid 40ft range for your price
. Most production boats in this range, like nordhavns, which are very nice boats, are targeted at the wealthy luxury market and are well outside your price
range I would imagine.