So, Iím starting to consider an upgrade in the future. The Swanson 42 is a lovely boat
and has treated me well, but headroom
is a problem for someone of my height and I wouldnít mind just a bit more space.
I think Iím getting a handle on my cruising style, and Iím betting it will be a lot of short coastal hops to the next nice anchorage before staying there for as long as I can.
So the wish list looks a bit like this:
45 to 50 feet.
Probably fibreglass, certainly not timber.
with a decent aft cabin
Moderately conservative hull
and rig, capable of being comfortably sailed short handed or solo, cutter
rigged is a bonus.
Reasonable cruising speed, something can average 6 to 7 knots on a passage
for a 6 foot bloke.
A bit of a view possible from inside the boat
, not some deep, dark bucket.
Examples of what I am thinking would include the Adams
45 centre cockpit
version, maybe the Ted Brewer 42 Pilot House and the Van de Stadt Tasman 48.
Now the Adams
are getting old and Iím not sure I want to own a 40 year old steel
boat which is a pity because otherwise it looks like a close match. The Brewer is a little small and slow and the VdS is probably outside my budget
. But these three sort of describe what I think I want.
Iím not looking for a boat with a good interior
, Iíve learned that I can deal with that, and frankly I donít really like elaborate timber interiors anyway, hence the Adams aesthetic works for me. But it does have to sail well, not super fast but very sure footed like the Swanson.
So, recommendations welcomed.