We’re the family
of six: 42, 38, 12, 9, 3 years old and a newborn dreaming of buying
new for us boat
We’ve got only experience as owners boats such a 24” Yamaha bow rider and then 32” Regal express cruiser
. We sailed all around the nearest area from Fort Lauderdale
to Key West
and Dry Tortuga, and also Bahamas
, - the places we only could reach having such a small fuel
capacity and sucks gasoline 750hp engine! Even we had not a big boat
we preferred moving along the ocean and stayed aboard sometimes during 2-3 weeks.
Now when our family’s grown bigger we’re looking for a bigger and larger boat as well for long and safe cruising.
Our plans for nearest future are to travel the Bahamas
during the summer vacation
and then go further... honestly our the biggest dream is pacific crossing but we could afford it not earlier then in the next 4-5 years.
is around 200 000$ maybe plus 20-30К$ for upgrade and repair
Now we considered two different options
Motor-yacht 50-60” long (for example Hatteras 1983-1986 or Defever trawler
Sailing boat in size 44-46” 2007-2009 (maybe Beneteau
or Jenneau )
Each decision is a compromise for us and has pros and cons
Comfort and more space for our big family
More space for storage
, provision, water
More social outside open space
Opportunity to live aboard in wintertime during school
year (at the moment we’re not ready for home schooling ,maybe a little later) and at this point we could avoid additional expense for rent the apartment, home maintainence...
The cost of repair and maintenance
is higher and in case of serious damage could be unexpectedly expensive. And of course we’d like to enjoy traveling but not a long lasting maintenance
The cost of fuel is higher as well. But considering living aboard
it’s about the same if you will rent a house plus slip for sailboat at the marina.
This boat is not meant for long trip across the ocean.
Re-seling is more difficult and takes longer time.
Boats offered in this budget
(~200000) is pretty old.
Spend less money
Maintenance and repair is cheaper and more easier
This is the opportunity to learn something new, to learn sailing and to start living a dream of the long traveling around the world
You can feel more close to nature sailing not listening the noise
of working engines constantly
You can afford newer boat for this price
The space for 2 adults and 4 kids
is too limited
It’s too small outside as well
It’s dangerous for kids
being on the deck
It’s impossible to live aboard. We have to rent the apartment in this case and also pay for keeping the boat at the marina
The operating the sailsboat is more difficult because we don’t have this experience.
It’s less storage
for things, food
and everything you might need during long trip.
We’re looking forward to your opinion and comments which I’m sure help us to make the right decision!