My wife and I have been sailing a little Montgomery 17 pretty much all over the USA, dragging it with our home built RV (another story!). We have launched in the Pacific, Gulf, Atlantic and on lakes in about 16 states so far.
Anyway, we are back in the PacNW and bought some mountain land here, about 6 hours from the ocean. That was not far enough as we can still hear the call.
We are now trying to find a larger sailboat for extended trips and possibly living aboard
(will keep the M17 forever I think). We think we might shuttle between living on the boat
at times in the Sound and living on our property in the mountains in our RV setup.
We want to do the inside passage
and would love to sail to the glaciers. After a couple of years puttering around the Sound (which we have done some of in our M17 already), we would take the boat
through the Panama Canal
and then do the Great Loop (or possibly have the boat shipped to the closest point on the loop from Washington). My wife wants to do an ocean crossing
as well, but I want to see how these other trips go before committing to that.
is somewhat flexible but I would love to keep it under $80k, which means either finding a $70k boat that has been recently completely refitted or finding a $40k boat that the seller says needs $10k of work
and end up spending another $40k on. I could justify and maybe budget
spending up to $120k if I could convince myself the bargain was good enough that I could capture a good portion of that when we sell the boat in 5 to 7 years.
I am thinking something in the range of 30 to 40 feet, with a more ideal narrow range of 31 to 37 feet. For the loop the draft
needs to be under 5 feet and obviously would be better if it were under 4.5 feet.
We looked at an Island Packet
31 (4 foot draft
, 11.5 foot beam) and I thought "this is the boat! I don't care if it won't sail anywhere near the wind
, it is the size of Montana inside!". Then I went online and discovered I am a better nautical engineer
even though I studied electrical
engineering as even I am not stupid enough to bury an item that corrodes and needs regular inspections under layers of fiberglass
and cabinets. I am talking chainplates of course. I was just at a loss for words. You are looking at $12k to grind these out and replace them...the factory even offered this as a service
So I have a 1988 IP31 that I was prepared to offer about $48k for which now in my eyes is only worth $36k...far below the current
. It also had the original diesel
, so there is another $10k for replacement. Still...it is an extremely nice interior
, a stout keel
(iron filled though, not lead), and a 4 foot draft. Maybe I could re-engineer the chainplates to be external and perhaps I could do the engine
install myself if the current engine
is near EOL.
Moving on, I am eyeing some Pacific Seacraft
34 and a 37. Not as beamy, so not quite as much room, but the pictures seem to show external chainplates at least. They are listed at prices from $68k to $84k, or $179k for the 1995 37 which looks to have had a 2012+ complete refit
including standing rigging
. I do not know what the "real" price
would be for those.
Any other suggestions? I don't mind doing some work
but we don't want a 2 year project
that never sees the water
(we already spent 2 years building our RV from scratch). I also don't want to put $90k into a $10k bargain boat.