Originally Posted by atexasex
The goal is to play with it and improve our sailing for about 6 months and then head
to the USVI to live aboard.
The best boat for you is the one that fits your plans/goals best. You mentioned you chartered in BVI
and my understanding is that the USVI is somewhat different. There seems to be more crime in the USVI and they are not so welcoming to boaters from what I read. I would also point out sleeping in the aft cabin may be much more comfortable in VA than in the VI.
How long do you intend to stay in the USVI, five years, ten years, the rest of your life; or is it possible/probably you might return to VA. I would probably pick a much different boat for the VI than VA.
Another consideration is specifically where you will be living on the boat, at a dock
, on a ball, at anchor
. These considerations will affect how much electric
you will have, how easy or hard it will be to get water
, and possibly your ground tackle.
I chose my boat to do shallow water
cruising in the Florida Keys
with almost all passages being in daylight and only a couple of days away from a fresh water source, yet with the ability to anchor
in an out of the way harbor, hopefully with no other boats (unless they are crewed by the Swedish Bikini Team); and do it all single
You may want to try and refine what you want to use your boat for to help you select the best one to meet your needs.