We've been looking several years for our next boat
, with plans to sail from BC to Mexico
, and eventually points beyond. Our current C&C
35mk2 is a great sailing boat
, but a bit too small for extended cruising
. We've sailed about 7000NM over the past 4 summers, including a 2800NM passage
to BC, and are ready to head
south. Here are some of the top criteria for our next boat, which we'd prefer to find somewhere between BC and Mexico
1. Fin keel
capable of good windward* AND light air ability, ie: no long/full keel
or shoal draft
or centreboard designs. *Able to point to ~40 AWA in 10kts of TWS and make ~5kts STW in calm seas.
2. Minimum of three seagoing berths, ie: two settees plus aft or quarterberth.
, separate shower
or solent rigged sloop
preferred, although I can add inner stay if necessary.
5. Decent tankage of at least 150L fuel
, 300L water
6. Private double aft cabin
Here are some of the top boats on our list, bearing in mind that some will only fit our budget
in a somewhat "project" condition. Budget
is ~50K USD, allowing for an additional 30-40K of upgrades to make her ready. My preference is to find a boat with solid bones in need of some upgrades so I can choose to fit her out to suit our needs. I am capable of doing all necessary work
. I know some of these boats are out of reach, but one can dream.
The list (those with * are most likely to have candidates within budget)
*C&C Landfall 38, 39, 42, 43
*Morgan 43/44/45 (45 has dubious seaberths)
42 (aft or centre cockpit)
Valiant 40 (prefer to avoid the blister issue though)
Happy to hear from owners of any of the above, or similar designs that meet the criteria, although we have already excluded the following for various reasons:
and similar coastal cruisers.
39, Pacific Seacraft
37, Sceptre 41