So just curious if there are any other people out there who's debated the pro's and con's of these three (or similar) vessels and what they feel the deal breakers might be for a couple cruising. I'm planning on getting some time behind the wheel
on each at some point in the future (damn you covid19), and interested in any armchair sailors critiques of these. The interest and use are in this order:
1) Safety/Robustness of systems
3) Ease of handling and maintenance
by a couple in their late 40's
4) Sailing 75% in warm climate 25% in very cold rugged environments, so like the concept
of being able to get into a meter of water/beach it in the tropics with the Discovery and Garcia
5) Ability to carry enough gear/supplies to be off the grid for 2-3 months.
I like the idea of having a big enough boat
that its extremely comfortable but not so large we spend more time maintaining. I'm a big believer in lagom (swedish word for not to little or not too much).
All would be excellent choices, all are relatively close in price
. Honestly if as we get closer to placing an order after deciding on one and a crazy deal/distressed sale
pops up on any of these I'd be ready to act quickly without hesitation and deal with the shortcomings of a particular vessel. It does give me pause to see so many cases of this happening, stories of "circumstances have changed" or "owner has new plan" with nice new boats.
Anyway feel free to rip apart the shortcomings of these three!