Originally Posted by Andy Lange
The benefits and drawbacks have been illustrated and explained here in this thread, so I want to give you another point to consider.
You said that the boat you are looking at checks many other points and you see the furler mast as the only point that keeps you from putting an offer in. You also state that you and your Admiral are in your 60s.
If I were you and the boat meets all other aspects, I'd most likely go for it after a successful sea trial.
I very much appreciate your balanced viewpoint. The offer is already in and the haul and sea trial is this Weds. There are backup offers behind us (according to the broker). We put our check where our mouths were and the boat is ours to accept, renogitiate or reject based on the survey
sea trial contingency.
This thread has got longer than I ever imagined and I realize I have never listed the check points that I keep mentioning. The boat is a 2006 Wauquiez 41PS. It's replacing a 1984 Islander
Bahama 30 that was our reintroduction to sailing after about 25 years of raising kids
and business stuff. We've had the Islander
about 4 years.
*Larger and more offshore
capable but not so big that wont be pretty easy for two getting older people to manage both while sailing and keeping the boat up.
*A VIEW from the salon
. This is big for me.
*Affordable (under 200k)
*Two real beds for 2 middle aged couples without sleeping on top of eachother. I wasn't looking for 2 heads but okay.
*Even though I'm a misanthrope by nature, it turns out I really like taking people daysailing and introducing them to the experience. So a cockpit
that wasn't/isn't too crowded with 4-5 people.
*Nav station that serves as a watch keepers station with a MFD repeater.
*Older, but not as old as what I have now electronics
package including AIS
*Boat already has an upgraded fridge and freeze. This second officer LIKES a little ice in his hook down whiskey.
. This second officer LIKES using autopilot as much as he wants without starting the main motor
while still having ice for his hook down whisky
*bow thruster. Here in SoCal, marinas
are tight and gas docks busy.
*1000 ah of not very old AGM
. Right now I live on 100 which as I'm sure most of you know means about 50 usable ah. See above about autopilot.
was renewed last year.
*Dodger is less than 2 years old.
Not all is perfect. There are some concerns. Whether or not they are supportable will only be reavealed after we've lived with the boat for a while both at dock
and on the hook.
*Odd Layout to get the pilot salon
. We may miss the conviviality or facing settees.
steps than most people seem to want these day along with several places where you have to step up or down tomove around the belowdecks spaces.
*Some (potential) headknockers as you move around the boat
is original so I know what the surveyor
will say. The boat has not gone offshore, only around our local channel Islands in fair weather
. A pre-purchase rig survey
is already scheduled.
*Dodger is wide to cover cockpit seats but set low and sleek. It's a bit of a stoop to go under it at the same time you have to go over a bridge deck
that provides room for the double aft cabin
*Potential low performance based on IM furling and a SA of 14.
Our plans are not that grand but rather to be more comfortable while sailing locally with maybe a season in the Sea of Cortez
with an option to return home via Hawaii
and or the Pacific NW.
To find so much of what we want in our next boat, I've put aside my qualms about IM furling. The rest is simply compromises. Our solace is that because it's a rare boat, it should be an easy sale
if we find we can't live with some part of the experience.
May the surveyor
not find some odious thing to squash the sale
. I don't expect the seller to make much compromise at this price
. He's like to just move on to the next offer. If that happens. Okay. I like my B30 and it suits us just fine for the right now even if it's not our boat for the future.