I have a 1978 Hatteras 58' Yachtfish which is a 53' Motor
Yacht with a cockpit
. We have had it since 2002 and love it. It has stabilzers. For the first few years we went between the Chesapeake Bay
and Ft Lauderdale. Diesel fuel
was $1.00 a gallon and I went as fast I wanted depending on how much money
I wanted to spend. Since then we have kept the boat
in South Florida
and gone to the Keys & the Bahamas
. That's more than enough boating
for us except maybe going up to Maine
some summers. We have anchored out extensively and really enjoy it more than being in a marina. Next January we will be fully retired and will pretty much live on board except for visiting elderly parents and family
. I generally travel at hull speed
which is between 9 & 10 knots. I like being on the water
and I am generally not in a hurry. If I need too, I can go 18 knots at 46 gallons per hour. I can't remember the last time, if ever, I needed to go that fast. I have Detroit Diesels. Every few months, I run it full speed for 10 or 15 minutes to "blow" it out.
If you expect to travel long distances like the Virgin Islands
, you better have a lot of money
I absolutely love the quietness of sailing. For me that's it. I have the money and I want space and comfort. You can buy an older motor
yacht in reasonable shape in the $100k to $250k range. It really helps to be handy to be able to do routine repairs
. If you have to pay someone to do everything, it can get expensive, fast.
I like to be thrifty but not at the expense of being comfortable.
I would suggest the forum at Hatteras Owners Forum & Gallery