Originally Posted by eherlihy
When are you planning to buy this boat?
Think carefully, and answer truthfully...
I strongly suggest that you buy the boat that you will use today, today.
Keep shopping for the boat that you will use tomorrow, while enjoying the boat that you buy today.
I too, dream of sailing off shore to distant lands in an ocean crossing capable vessel. However, I am not going without my wife, and she has never been in the open ocean, and it will take some sailing time to get here there. Also, to be honest, 95% of the sailing that I have done has been coastal cruising.
So, while the Passport 40, CS36T, Sabre 38, Tartan 40, and SeaWind 1160 (Oysters / Swans / etc.) all look great, I BOUGHT an O'day 35.
I just want to make myself clear. I'm not going to buy a boat and head out to Bermuda the next day. I'm not on a suicide mission. I've sailed for many years but still know that I need more experience before I go offshore. For me a Tartan 27 or 30 is
a compromise. The designs lend themselves to both types of sailing that I hope to do.