Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: 45' + blue water cruiser
I am in the middle of writing a book about long distance cruising based on the experiences of people who are doing it. The remarkable thing is the wide range of boats you see in obscure places in the Pacific or Indian Ocean. There is no make or model that you see a great many examples of.
Don't know your budget, but I get a sense you do not have a great deal of experience in this regard. Having said that, if I were in your shoes I would widen my search substantially. I would not buy a new boat since you are unlikely to know exactly what to ask for. Rather I would look for a boat about five years old that has been set up by a knowledgeable (and rich) owner. I would look first at higher makes like Amel and Halberg-Rassy. With five years' depreciation I suspect the price might be similar to a new Catalina and these boats are certainly better in my opinion.
Interestingly in my research many monohull owners with boats in the 45 to 50' range say they would like to have a good catamaran around 45' if money were not an object. This is interesting considering that these are people with 10k to 100k miles of cruising experience.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.