Originally Posted by Andrewmac
hi. My wife and I are future cruisers from Vancouver Canada
. We're both 42 with no kids
. We both traveled extensively in our twenties but got sucked into rat race
. We're now selling our house and everything we own and planning on becoming full time cruisers. Our plan is to go to Caribbean
to buy a boat
and stay down there cruising getting experience for future possible world wide adventures. I've been looking at some ex charter yachts 2005-2009 beneteau
343 ,361,43. Etc. I've heard pros and con to ex charter. My first question is what would we a good yacht for a couple to live on full time and potential world wide adventures. Budget 50000-100000.
Howdy and Welcome Aboard CF Andrew
This is your first post on the forum. You asked a "classic" question that often gets asked here. There are MANY different answers to this all important question.
But, I think the BEST way to approach this is NOT to just post some list of boats, but rather to post a few questions for you and then a bigger more important suggestion. This is my way of helping you the best way I think possible, given the little we know about you so far.
You posted some good info in your intro. But, I think it also leaves some unanswered questions that can really matter.
Questions for You:
1. What is your level of experience sailing big boats? This question is for both of you.
2. What kind of sailing knowledge do you have so far? Taken any courses? This question is for both of you.
B]Quick Comments in Response to Your Introduction
According to your introduction
post, it appears you have very limited to no sailing experience at this point (if I am wrong about that, feel free to correct that or edit post a correction here to prevent others from thinking that). IF so, that is OK, as we all start that way.
I advise you spend some time getting aboard as many boats as possible to see what you find most comfortable and fitting your desire or comfort level to "live aboard." Leave the "cross the oceans" issues till later, after you know how to sail and what you really need for water
Put another way, and very simply: Learn Boats and Sailing Before Buying a Big Boat.
If you have a boat budget of "up to $100K" you will have a LOT of potential boats (a very broad scope) to consider. So, it is best to learn what you like first and what you really need, based on getting ON boats (even at docks) so you can get a feel for the space and layout. You may think you are already at this point, but I suspect not.
Put another way, there are just TOO MANY possibilities with such a broad scope
. You need to get some experience (sitting and standing and sailing) on a variety of boats (yourself) before anyone can help you narrow the field significantly and to get the best fit for you.
Which boat to buy for…?
There have been threads posted on the forum discussing many topics at length, with differing opinions. But quickly finding the right thread and the right answer could take a while, if one just browses the forum.
Looking for Quick Answers?
This is the best and fastest method I have found to the answers I seek here.
Since you are relatively new to the forum, here is my favorite friendly forum search tip: Look at the green menu bar on the forum pages for the drop down "Search" menu. Click on that to drop down a list of search functions. From that drop down menu select the GOOGLE
CUSTOM search feature (the second box down) and then enter several different descriptive terms for your topic of interest. That will do a Custom google
search of ONLY this site and it is likely to find answers to your questions or results for you. Note: this is different from using the regular forum search box or field. Also note, this is NOT found if you use the CF app. It IS found if you use a web browser such as Safari, etc.