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buying advice for 50+Ft
There are a lot of good live aboard ocean cruisers and some very good coastal cruising boats can be retrofit to cross oceans and sail single handed.
Most late model boats look good and have spacious interiors and storage.
But I probably have more questions than answers at this time:
1 - your name is smallboatsailor - have you had much experience with 50+ foot boats. If you are asking these questions as to what is a good boat, I think you have little knowledge of these larger boats.
2 - why do you want 50 feet. Many boats from 38 feet + will provide a spacious interior for living and can be rigged to cross oceans.
3 - How much money do you want to spend purchasing and rigging your boat - do you want a new yacht or good condition used one.
4 - How much money will you have to live on and available for repairs. How handy are you - can youmake your own repairs.
5 - Where will you purchase the boat or where do you live now. Where do you intend to sail.
6 - Who else will be sailing with you.
7 - When are you looking to make your purchase
My questions go on. I am in the business of purchasing good quality uwed yachts, repairing, retrofitting, rigging and upgrading them for single handing and world cruising. I also look for well made new yachts from dealers with overstocked inventory that I can purchase well below retail. A good, late model 50 foot yacht fully equipped for living and ocean cruising can run anywhere from $195,000 to over $300,000.
If you want to discuss this furhter, e-mail me at CaptainRonBVI@aol.com
Hope this helps