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Old 08-18-2007
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Live aboard dream boat

Since it is raining and I am not sailing today thought I would start this thread.

Within the next year and a half my wife and I are breaking away from land once again and moving to San Diego to liveaboard . (yes I am on a live aboard list).

I am looking at these boats:

Cheoy Lee Golden Wave 42 (The Nautor Swan look alike)

Cheoy Lee Offshore 41

Valiant 40

Ericson 38 or 380 200 (Great performance boat but no protected rudder.)

Tayana 37

Islander Freeport 36

Can you tell I like Robert Perry designs :-)


What can you tell me good and bad about these choices. I know there are a lot so pick ( hopefully you all don't pick the Valiant) the one you know most about and/or have sailed or been aboard. Also if you have a another boat in mind let me know so I can add it to the list.

I really want a good light wind sailor as well as one that can handel a good blow if needed. I want room to live aboard as well of course. We will not do extensive cruising for the first few years except for the Baja HA HA, but I still want a bluewater capable boat so I do not have to sell when we want to go for it and crusie to New Zeland or where ever.


budget will be 70k-120k.
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