I am currently in Panama
looking at buying
a fully equipped blue water
yacht to spend 6 months in the Caribbean
in and then take across the Pacific and maybe on from there. Next week I will probably head
and continue the search and then on the Eastern Caribbean
Not aiming to sail alone overly - I have a list of friends and will also advertise - but comfortable if I have to.
I have never owned a yacht before - loads of racing
dinghies but have skippered and crewed a range of yachts. I always said I would not buy one until I had time, which I now do.
I spending the last 3 weeks looking and reviewing my head
is in a bit of a funk so some advice
would be appreciated.
I have a top end of about $100K to spend if the boat
has literally everything on board. I prefer for a yacht to sail faster, just my racing
background and knowing that speed can help avoid situations.
I am looking for a well regarded boat
and intitial thoughts are Whitby 42 (sensible), KP 44 if the budget
there, Tayana 42 (nice options) and C&C
There is a chance I will go on to Japan
after and then re do the NWP and then possibly south to South Georgia
(that trip is in the back of my mind so insulation heating
might come into it).
Interested in views.