Good morning from South Florida
I've been lurking for awhile.
is still several years away,... but I am fortunate enough to be able to go part time (75% then 50%) prior to full retirement
My wife and I are extensive travelers, and a sailing family
Our plan includes a sailing cat for extensive cruising / semi live aboard
for 3-4 months a year.
We looked into the charter ownership
programs... not for us. The charter
benefits would be perfect but the limitations on spec'ing the boat
and the risk of excessive wear and tear / imperfect maintenance
not worth whatever benefits the discount chartering may provide.
Planning to buy a well equipped nearly new 2-4 year old performance cruising catamaran
in about 5-6 years. This means the new models being debuted now will probably be in the sweet spot for purchase
in our timeframe.
When we are 2 years out,... if the used market is thin,... we could order new, but I have only ever bought boats 3-5 years old.
Leading contenders today would be a Balance 456 vs Seawind
1370. Might downsize to a 42 footer at decision time. Certainly no bigger. Lot's of time to go to shows and continue chartering to find the optimism boat
Here to learn more about long term cruising
/ live aboard
That's it in a nutshell.