Hi all, I thought I would engage the cruisers forum hive mind in the search for our next boat
. So we just sold our first boat
, a much beloved Contessa 32. She was good to us and I lucked out with that boat, but with a new member
in the family
we had to let her go.
So, now I am looking for:
- A boat that will take care of us the day we get caught. A boat that hoves to well and has a sea kind motion on rough seas.
- Has a skeg hung rudder
for extra protection.
- Can be had in ready to go state for max 85.000 EUR (100.000 USD)
- It is fast and fun to sail. We like upwind sailing (Contessa 32!!)
- Offers reasonable comfort for a couple with a child.
- Makes me want to throw a glance back at her everytime I leave her.
- Has good chances to be found in Europe
- Was built after 1990
So far we have:
- Between 36 and 40 ft LOA
- The lines and looks of the Swedish builders (think Hallberg-Rassy, Najad
, Malö etc). I have a complete boat porn collection with pictures of these boats.
- The aft cabin
of a Moody 36CC
- The sea keeping capabilities of a Contessa 32.
The problem with the skandinavian custom builders is quite honestly price
. Even a 1990s exemplar commands twice as much as mass market production boats. We are a young couple with our first baby, no trust fund here. So we are looking at some of the cheaper Swedes that fall into our budget
of 100K but I keep thinking there must be similar boats that don’t carry the brand premium like an HR etc.
Moody seems like a good option.. but I was on a 36CC recently and it was unfortunately in a decaying state, but the interior
was a dream for us, coming from a Contessa. Sitting on that cockpit
however I just didn’t have that „feeling“ that I would want to be in it in rough conditions. High cockpit
, somewhat beamy.. but alas I didn’t get a chance to try it so I might be way off. Still.. thinking about it.
Anyhow lots of thoughts here, looking for some brainstorming ideas to help my search. Maybe there are some boats I am overlooking...
PS: canoe style boats don’t do it for me, my apologies to Bob Perry. This is just a personal thing. I say this cause I know someone will mention the Tayanas :-)