Ready to buy
The money is in the bank and we''re finally ready to buy a new coastal cruiser. We will be sailing the Chesapeake, Pamlico, ICW, Keys and Bahamas. We''ve looked at early 70''s to early 80''s C&C, Tartan, Cals, Pearsons, etc. While some of these were certainly fine sailing vessels, none of them have the living space I want.
We have established the following criteria:
~33 - 37 feet (sloop or cutter)
~Aft double birth & head (my husband could live in a cave, but I need the space)
~Good sailing performance as relates to safety and convenience. We do NOT race.
~V-birth can be used for stowage. It will just be the 2 of us.
~Our budget is $75,000 after all upfitting.
~We are both very mechanical and enjoy working on projects, so we are not opposed to dong a moderate refit.
I really like the mid 80''s and newer Pearsons. They have the room I''m looking for. There are a couple of boats we have not looked at and would like some opinions:
Islanders, CSY, Endeavor and Express 35. We don''t want to send the cruising fund searching, so we are trying to limit our options.
We would love to have your opinions on these or any other boats which might fit our needs and wants.