I have been on some Watkins boats and I think they are well suited for your purposes. Roomy, well enough build in florida
for basically crossing the Gulf Stream
. Not an ocean boat
. The 27 is by far the largest 27 I have seen and might be able to even fit your bill with reduced yard fees
.... (At least take a look at the 29).
From the ones you list I would also second tartan as the best. You might also look at the tartan 30. Also roomy and an amazing boat
Similarly extra roomy would be a catalina 30
. (Again, reduced yard fees
as you're paying per foot.).
I have seen an Irwin citation
that was huge inside. They are on the slow side. As would be the Watkins. Irwin
are pretty well built though although I thought some were cored hills. Not amazing boats to sail but often described as sweet cruisers.
... Have you looked at ericsons? The 35 is roomy. I have a 32 that I would trust beyond... into blue water
. Very well built)
You should be able to find a good boat that has been well kept and is in good shape for less than 15k and that would leave some room for new sails
and other amenities (solar power, fridge etc) to make your cruising life very comfortable.
Good luck. I wish I was in the position to just do it and go cruising where you're headed... and we have the boat but sadly the rat race
is still our life, with kids
being pre college ages. 12 years!
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