I'm about a year and a half away from my goal to circumnavigate on a sailboat. I'm a very experienced dinghy
sailor (f18 + lasers primarily), experienced on monohull
short distance cruising (coast of Spain), I sail my j92s in sf bay
on a semi daily basis and I'm looking to circumnavigate soon. I'm very young, physically active and plan to sail hopefully with my girlfriend and one friend and maybe his girlfriend. Please, skip the comments about "have you lived on a boat
before" etc. that's personal and I'm not looking for advice
on that at the time. Instead, I'd like to focus more on my choice of boat
is up to $220k, but we don't necessarily have to spend all of it. I have budgeted for day to day and repair expenses, please, no comments on "put 2/3 down on the boat and the rest to improve it, etc." In can you tell yet, I've read many threads on this forum
I think i have it narrowed down to a wauquiez ps40 or ps41. I'm obsessed with light, so it's a must to have plenty of it. Also, this boat has two "queen bed" quarters, which I also like a lot, especially since their fairly equally sized. (I understand that under sail, it's not the ideal layout, but I'm willing to sacrifice that)
But I also like something like a jeanneau
479 or Hallberg-Rassy like is one: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1982.../United-States
Basically, my requirements are:
Fast - doesn't have to be a race
boat, but I don't want to be stuck in light winds without moving either...
No preference on:
Step or full mast
(I've read about them, both seem to have their pluses and minuses, I think they balance each other out)
- Is something like a jeanneau
479 or similar as bad as people make "plastic boats" seem to be? I understand you can get caught in a storm by surprise, but c'mon, it's 2013, there's weather
forecasts so you should be at lest able to keep out of the really bad weather
- Could you help me view the pros cons of each boat and decide where I should focus my search on?
- Any other boats I should consider?
Thoughts and comments about the boat choices and suggestions are welcome and encouraged! I'm actually very excited to read some responses!