Trying to decide between two boats, and they are very different except for the price
, which is basically the same.
The Mainship is a 2002 with a single
5.9 Cummins.. 1900 hours. Radar
, chart plotter, no autopilot
. Nice, clean, shiny. Wife likes these. Good price
, like 20% under what I think is market price.
The other boat
is a steel
, 44' boat
with 3000 mile range, stabilized, good electronics
, new John Deere engine
that gets 5-6 mpg at 7 knots. It is supposedly a "go anywhere" kind of a boat, but not shiny. In fact, kind of ugly. Like a little steel
ship. And it's old. Like 1966 old. But owned by a knowledgable cruiser supposedly so constantly updated. Wife not as enthused about this boat for some reason.
We will cruise
locally initially, and then to the Bahamas
over the next few years during the summers with the wife and kids
, but I am in Texas
and would like to do an open water
crossing to the keys instead of the ICW
to keep the trip a little shorter, and to see if we can do it, so the Mainship is out on this. Also interested in the great loop in 5 years. My long range, crazy goal, if I feel like we can handle it, I would like try to make it through the Panama
Canal-- little ship obviously for this trip.
So, do I go with the ICW
only Mainship, that looks good and that wife will be excited about and want to entertain on, or do I go for the adventurous little ship that could take us to exotic places?
My experience level is not all that high. Last few years we have chartered a small trawler
for a week, and we also chartered a Great Harbor n37 in the Bahamas
for a week. Have sailed small boats all my life.