Thanks all for the responses.
I took the wife to a boat show
earlier this year to give her an idea of the size of different boats. The big problem is that new boats don't lok anything like older used boats. We walked on a couple of Hanse models that looked like a college students apartment- sparse furniture to create an open feel.
She thinks a 50-65 boat would be great. I've tried to illustrate the complications with that size boat, especially with it really only being the two of us to handle since the kids
are younger. Also the additional costs of maintenance
and permits/visas for traveling.
We have already talked about chartering a boat for a week to see if the lifestyle fits us- one of the milestones we have outlined prior to making a purchase
Bill- I enjoyed your article immensely. I liked your rules about boat buying
very much and the advice
you give. if you have time, I would love to throw out more about my ideas to hear what your thoughts may be.
I've been looking at some Gulfstar
60s, as well as a few other boats, to include Formosa
68 ketchs- but I feel I might need to look at some stuff a little smaller.
We plan on sailing the world, crossing oceans, and being able to carry things like scuba gear
, SUP boards, and kitesurfing gear
. Only a family
of 4 right now, maybe 5 by that point. I am 6' tall, and the wife is a 5' 4' 100lb soaking wet bean pole.