Re: 45' + blue water cruiser
A used cruising boat will always be cheaper, and will have the kinks worked out. The Morgan OI ketches are very hardy vessels. I've often heard that Catalinas are too built too light for extended deep water cruising.
The Amels are very high-end vessels, and a used ketch fitted out for cruising would be almost paradisaical. 64' is a lot of boat, and some marinas and boatyards wouldn't be able to handle something that size.
A cheaper get-in price can mean some real funds left over for upgrades.
Sailing for extended periods off-shore and anchoring out for long periods with two males and one female aboard is a formula for trouble. The other guy needs his own squeeze to prevent envy and unequal ogling. Sometimes people can make a one male, multiple females, arrangement work, but the women must be very good friends and be willing to share. Especially in the galley.
Last edited by cherev; 11-24-2012 at 12:29 AM.