My search for a liveaboard boat
for an upcoming purchase
probably next year has included, in the following pecking order:
I hope to keep my boat
for at least 10+ years. Sometimes the Nova and the Contrast are stated as 33ft even though looking at their LOA
they are listed as 9.xx metres. This is a little puzzling. Could someone explain?
One factor that I have considered is that while cruising I would probably have to pay per ft for berthing / marina / other services. If a C33 is 9.85m (32.3ft), would this be charged as 33ft? This would probably add up even if just an extra foot and I am looking to maximize my cruising time since I am not sure of my future income
. Although I'm not entirely sure if such a minor length difference is a problem. I know that most marinas
charge per meter anyway and in that case this doesn't really apply to me. Thoughts?
The location of the mainsheet traveller has also been a point of contention as has standing headroom
, tiller and a lead keel
. From videos of the Vega it looks like it might be out of the question, even though I'm sure I would enjoy it too, just probably not for 10+ years. I must add that the sailing performance of the boat would take some precedence over the comfort factor and I am leaning towards the Contrast 33 now. Budget
is ~200,000 SEK roughly. I don't have that much sailing experience and I am currently improving on that, but the boat should still be good for single-handing and a possible lady-friend addition later on in life.
Long term goal is to sail it across the Atlantic and into the Carribean
and god knows where else.
I have settled on a 30 - 32ft for living aboard
, but if someone has any opinions and personal experiences I would love to read about them for hints on anything I have missed in my considerations.