Thanks for the pointers. I already had a list of boats I've been watching for a while, and adding more viable choices is great. I'm going to be sailing the boat from NY to Maine
, Nova Scotia
, and Bermuda
during summers for the next decade or so, but I would like to start crossing oceans a little later on and hopefully sail around the world when I'm ready to do so. My budget
is around $60k-70k and my list includes:
Southern Cross 39
Valiant Esprit 37
I had never heard of the Gozzard so I will keep an eye on those as well. Looks nice. I had sorta stopped looking at Island Packets based on their really poor reputation for sailing performance, but I'm sure that compared with some of the other heavy and traditional boats on my list they're not too bad.
Some on the list may be hard to find in good condition in my budget
, like the Crealock
, Alajuela or Cabo Rico
, but I'm still keeping an eye out. I don't want teak
decks, but I don't mind a fair amount of teak
trim or interior
teak to maintain.
is perhaps the oddball on my list in that it's not a cutter and it's a little more suited to the near-coastal plans than the offshore
plans. If you know of any more like this, something maybe a little more fun to sail but still very sturdy and capable of being prepped for ocean crossings down the line, I would love to hear about them. And any other opinions you have on the list or other boats you think I should consider are definitely appreciated!