Dear cruisers community: I know this is probably the most pointless request in the world since it's so subjective but here goes: I am looking to rely on your advice
to find the perfect boat
. 99.999% of you probably have more nautical experience in your pinky than I have in my whole body so here goes...
This is probably analogous to asking you to find me a living unicorn once you see my list of desired attributes but I'm going to ask anyway.
I am looking to live aboard here soon at a marina here in Florida
. I live in an RV now and I look very forward to transitioning to a 'Marine RV'. I used to live aboard when I lived in MI over the summer about 15 years ago and I can't wait to get back into it.
Of course, back then my requirements were a bit different than what they are today.
I am 6'3" so I took great pleasure in reading the thread here: http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ards-5427.html
is a concern. So is a berth big enough to accommodate said height and also big enough to hold me and whichever gal shows poor enough judgment to follow me home from after last call so I can show her my dinghy
. Hoo boy, that was a bad one. Not that I'm into the big gals, hey - to each their own, but I'm no Mr. Universe myself, so a Full sized bed
would be pushing it - Queen would be preferable.
Also, being that I'm here in FL, I have visions of shooting across the pond for a week or two and hanging out in the Bahamas
or just tooling up and down the ICW
as much as I'm able. So I'd prefer to keep mast
height around 60 feet or less, and draft
would be ideal at sub 5' - a keel
board would be a fine option. I know people have gone all over the Bahamas
drawing much greater, but I just prefer to keep it shoal-ish for my own peace of mind.
Creature comforts - it's FL. Factory A/C would be a need, not a want. Sorry, I just can't sleep hot.
Finally - and here's where you are going to hate me, I need it to keep it at around $50K or below. I know, please put down the sticks and stones, but that's why I'm coming to you. Some of you might know in which direction I should venture to find this uniorn. And please don't tell me to check my rear, my head
is already firmly implanted there from what my ex tells me.
The requirements again:
for a 6'3" clumsy caveman
2. Queen size bed
3. Sub 5' draft
4. Raised saloon
so I can feel like I'm not living in my mom's basement
5. Factory Gen and AC
6. Sweetspot is around 38' or so plus or minus - Would prefer to keep it under 44'.
7. It's a liveboard so interior
space is a good thing :-)
8. Please keep all suggestions for makes/models that can be found on the used market at or around $50K and below.
Thank you so much for any advice
, even if it's to go walk off a pier. At least then I'll know there's no hope for a boat
that satisfied all of these items and I can move on.
Fair winds and following seas!