I'm looking into monohulls, and know there a bazillion options. Even though I've read a bunch, and been aboard many, there's no way to be able to compare everything out there, especially since models change over the years.
Here's a list of the things I know I definitely want, and a list of desirable options (of course many, if not most of the "desirables" can be aftermarket upgrades).
that can comfortable cruise
with 3 adults and two children
. Potentially sleep two other adults for shorter trips as well.
, blue-water vessel
-Preferably 37-42', but 44-46' can be considered if it's "the right boat"
-I do not want a full length keel
like an Island Packet
, or Cape Dory
-6'-ish maximum draft
(no centerboards or retractable/movable keels)
-I'd prefer a skegged rudder
(or maybe a partially skeg-protected rudder)
-I prefer aft cockpit
, but may consider a center cockpit
if it's roomy enough
-I'm not opposed to Ketch's or Yawls, but prefer sloops
-Cutter rigged would be nice (to fly a genoa/gennaker/ asymmetrical spinnaker)
-Room on the stern to attach dignhy davits
(so, probably no folding swim platforms unless some sort of arch can be attached)
-Minimal to no wood
(for ease of maintenance)
(at least 40hp)
, or another layout that is usable when heeled over
-Master v-berth that reaches both sides of the hull
, so can be used as a sea berth when heeled
that is separated form the head
by a glass door of some sort. Not just a curtain, and I hate the heads that are also the shower
, getting everything wet.
-Electric, fresh-water capable heads.
-Preferably two heads
-Forward facing nav. station (if possible)
-NO in-mast furling mainsail
(In-Boom-furling is ok)
-Good amount of storage
, stowage, galley
supplies, refrigeration/deep freezer
-Ample energy banks, or ability to easily add more
Desirables / upgrades :
, Auto-pilot, radar
, high enough to see through when standing at helm
. Most cut my view right at my eye-level. (I'm 5'9")
on the dodger
-Possible in-boom furling
main and electric winch
, but this one would be a real luxury, not a necessity
-Dinghy & outboard
would be cool
-At least 4 winches
And all the usual stuff: No blistering problems, solid standing rigging
, well maintained, good history
, common parts
easily attainable for repair, no corrosion
, yadda, yadda...
As for price
range, I'm looking for proven, well maintained boats, so probably not new. I'm ok with a 15-20 year old boat
if it meets the criteria. So, that may help gauge price-range, depending on how many of the "desirables" it already comes with. I've seen potential candidates anywhere from $60-200K USD. Obviously, a good deal is always welcome. ;-)
Thanks in advance all & smooth sailing!