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Old 13-10-2022, 10:48   #1
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What are some of the best liveaboard blue water cruisers in 35-42ft range around 100k

Been looking around at blue water boats in this range. What are some of the most comfortable liveaboard cruisers at this length and price? Also, of these designs, which have robust hulls and rigging? Thank you all.
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Lots to choose from within your criteria. Biggest questions are what do you want to do with the boat? Just live on it, or go sailing? And where are you located? What experience level do you have? How much restoration work do you want to do. Etc etc. these are the things you should consider first, then once you answer these questions, just go look at whatever is on the market. Something will grab you and you will know that’s what you want. 100k will buy a lot of boat. But every new boat will have a need for expensive upgrades… so new equipment costs may influence what you decide to do.
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Re: What are some of the best liveaboard blue water cruisers in 35-42ft range around

Have you looked at the https://bluewaterboats.org/ site?

When you say "most comfortable," what does that mean? If you don't mind a dark cave, a boat like a Hans Christian is a nice choice. But if you want more light something with a pilothouse is probably in order. Is your main interest in living aboard?
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Here is a place to start.

http://mahina.com/wp-content/uploads...e-Cruising.pdf

You can find something that's seaworthy but old. If you want to update systems/hardware it can easily run 30% of the purchase price and take 6 months.

If you luck out you may find someone else that has updated systems/hardware, but had a change in plans. Just watch out for shoddy work. Also, be wary of the just came back from 3 years cruising and ready to go ads. Those boats are often due for sails, standing rigging, systems update etc.
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Been looking around at blue water boats in this range. What are some of the most comfortable liveaboard cruisers at this length and price? Also, of these designs, which have robust hulls and rigging? Thank you all.


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Been looking around at blue water boats in this range. What are some of the most comfortable liveaboard cruisers at this length and price? Also, of these designs, which have robust hulls and rigging? Thank you all.
393 is an excellent boat. Check out the 2000+ IP 350 too. Both are excellent depending on what you want to do.
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Re: What are some of the best liveaboard blue water cruisers in 35-42ft range around

"Best", huh?

It depends so much on what is most valuable to you in a sailing boat. For instance, for a mid latitudes circumnavigation, having a hull and keel design that maximizes light air performance might make really good sense. On the other hand, if aesthetics is more important to you and you love the look of the Taiwan double enders, your choice would run more in that direction. How about the value of good ventilation? or about the leak-proneness of butterfly hatches? Or on yet another point of view, would you consider buying a liner-built boat, knowing how bloody difficult it would be to make good repairs, or additions?

The Hans Christians do have a reputation for beautiful teak. They are a heavy displacement, full keeled cruising boat. They do, also, tend to be "cavy" and dark inside. The racers used to call them Hans Crustaceans, crab crushers.

If you sit down and prioritize your wants, you will be able to pick for yourself. Do you prefer a sloop or a cutter or a ketch or schooner? What kind of rig? what kind of keel? What kind of sanitation, dessicating head, or holding tank?* What size/type of dinghy do you need? How will you store it for passages? Does your candidate boat make dinghy stowage easy for you? You do have preferences, or you don't have enough experience, yet, for making optimal cruising boat choices.

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Re: What are some of the best liveaboard blue water cruisers in 35-42ft range around

A goodly number of Taiwanese canoe stern boats were designed by Bob Perry, Seattle NA, who is something of a Legend here locally in the PNW. He Blogs about his experiences and recently published a link to his 2014 thoughts on what makes a good cruising boat. He thinks his Baba 35, and Baba 30 are improvements over his iconic earlier Valiant 40 cruising design.
Down toward the bottom of the link he talks a bit about what makes a good cruising boat…

Convinced me, anyway…


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Moody 419, Moody 422, in fact any Moody built before 2007.
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Moody 419, Moody 422, in fact any Moody built before 2007.
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They were taken over by Hanse Yachts and, although Bill Dixon still designed boats like the Moody 45DS etc I feel the switch from boat builders to factory production detracts from the former quality before the buyout.
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You've got a heck of a lot of choices in the size range for that price. If I was you, I'd go look at the 12 meter Dufour, Beneteau, Junneau, Bavaria. Here in the Spanish Med, you can find that boat all day long in those models, in model years from the 2000s for $100k and less.

Buy a late model boat and go sailing.
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