I see that most of the folks responding to this topic have recommended boats that are more often found in the USA. The OP is in the UK and wants to sail the Med.
The OP mentioned he wanted a mostly walk around double berth in a master stateroom. I understand the appeal of those when at anchor
or in a marina. But, for extensive cruising, many boats have split berths in the after cabin
, with one side having a double, and a single
on the other side of the cabin. This can be best if the boat
is heeled while on passage
. Some have a drop in cushion that can make the two split singles into a large double (like a Vberth usually has). I would not rule
these out just because they do not have a "walk around queen bed" in the stateroom.
Here are a few boats that are within the budget
and found in the UK (and sometimes in the Med):
Westerly Ocean Lord
Westerly Sea Lord
The Westerly Conway is a few years older, but if you found an example that had been recently refitted, it may be a good option, allowing you to save more of your budget
for additional gear
you want and/or for more in the cruising kitty for fun while cruising.
Here is an example I found today, and if you notice this one has had some important updates to major systems (sails, engine
, galley). It is an older boat, compared to the next boat I include in this post, but it is also $20K less in asking price
. Asking price
is just the starting point.
1979 Westerly Conway 36 Sloop Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Quoted from the sale
The Westerly Conway was one of the best sea yachts that Westerly ever produced. This example has been much updated and improved recently with 2013 standing rigging, 2015 mainsail, 2012 engine, 2010 hull epoxy treatment, full galley re-fit and also has Hydrovane self steering system. Well worth inspection - ready for her next ocean trip after recent re-fitting.
Another CF Member
mentioned the Beneteau 393.
Here is a listing I found today that has had some recent new equipment
added. Note, this is a former charter
boat, and it is located in the Med now.
This style of boat can have an offset double berth in the forward part of the boat. I like this particular boat and the layout would be comfortable whether at sea or at anchor
. Nice stern for swimming off the stern and nice salon
2006*Beneteau Oceanis 393
EUR**69,000 Tax Not Paid (US$*77,390)*
boat very good and usually services and maintained. Fully working. First owner from the start.
2013: new GEL batteries, new fridge ice box,
2014: Inside wood
works, new full battened main sail, new roll Genoa,
new TV antena, screen
for nav. instruments in saloon
and main cabin
2015: new Lazy bag, new bimini
with incrusted solar panels
(2x120W), new electric
, new manual toilet pomp, new ulphostery protection (leather), new cockpit cushions
, new tender
2006 Beneteau Oceanis 393 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
With your budget (Up to $111K) I would look at boats in the Netherlands
(Wauquiez boats come to mind).
Those are not too far from the UK (for delivery) and there can be many nice boats you won't find in the UK.
Good luck on your boat search!