Originally Posted by 2Sheets2TheWind
Thanks, Brian. I've been trying to narrow the searches to mid 1990s or so, and around 45 feet. I've checked out some of the Tayanas on line, as well as Gulfstars. Look like good boats (I've read more about the Tayanas over the last few years, but not a whole lot), but many are 80s vintage and/or in the 42 range. But it's OK...I'm still a few years from moving on board and heading south for a couple of years exploring the Caribe and Central America with the wife. Her three requirements: A separate shower area with at least a bench so she can shave her legs easier, 47 feet long (45 will be OK...she won't notice), and not a fixer upper.
Agree on the Irwins. Ted seemed to do things on the cheaper side, although they have a strong following among the owners of 38s and Mark IIs that I've met. I have a Citation which is a good basic boat for the Chesapeake bay, but it is everything the reviews say about it is true. When you get a good blow of 12 or 15 knots, you wish it felt more solid. It's a light boat, so days with 6 to 8 knots aren't wasted days like the heavier ones. It's just a day sailor for us.
Thanks, again. Any advice on boats you have is greatly appreciated. Sounds like you have a lot of experience.
For a run to S America and beyond, I would probably limit my list to the Tayana 42 of the ones mentioned. I know that boat well. THat is what my father has and I have been extensively involved with it. I also know the others pretty well - most certainly the Catalina. I would be more concerned about when the wind is well beyond 15 knots than when it is 6-8, though you will get a lot of that too. But the latter is more life threatening (if not flat uncomfortable) if you do not have a boat that can handle heavy weather.
Also, there is a LOT of storage on the 42. It has surpsingly more storage than many boats in its class. And teh 42, taken care of, will be a solid boat.
I do not understand why you would arbitrarily set a length requirement of 47 feet or so. If it is just you and your wife (maybe even two kids), the 42 is a perfect boat. The longer teh boat, the more expensive to buy and maintain. Plus, the more difficult to dock (notice I did not say sail). I would take the Tayana 42 over the Morgan 45 any day of the week. Hands down. No comparrison. Also of interest to you is it is easy to work on and system runs are easy. It has a lot of fuel and a lot of water. She has a very sea kindly motion and is a cutter rig which is my preference for offshore work (though I personally own a sloop). You can get her as a center or aft cockpit (we have the aft). She weighs in dry around 38000 lbs.
And yes... she has a seperate shower with stool so your wife can shave her legs...
PS For more performance, but still a solid blue water boat, also consider the Passport 40.