Join Date: Oct 2006
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We are in the early stages of our boat hunt, and would really appreciate some help in narrowing down our choices.
The plan: Four of us on an Atlantic Circle, beginning in 2008, ending ???.
The budget: Off the dock for a maximum of $200,000, taking into account any $ necessary for repairs/maintenance/upgrades/equipment. Of course, spending less would be OK.
The boat: appropriate for the trip, easily handled by two, moderate displacement, no teak decks, fin keel with skeg hung rudder (although a full keel with no place for catching lobster pots might be nice here in New England), reasonable draft for Caribbean where we hope to linger. We're not totally fixed on the rig or cockpit location, and will look at the trade-offs and compromises of the particular boats.
The complication: There would be many good choices if we were two couples, but we are one couple and two daughters who will be 12 and 13. For this voyage to be successful for all involved, we know that the girls must have some privacy from each other and from us. Their spaces do not need to be large (duh, this is a boat) but they do need to be separate. Three staterooms would be ideal, but that seems rare in a bluewater boat under 50'. A reasonable alternative would be to put one in a passage cabin and one in a v-berth. Theoretically, we could split a v-berth for them, but both halves would have to be big enough for kids who will likely be at least 5'6" and there would have to be easy access to both sides. Having one sleep on a settee works for a week, but gets old really fast.
I have compulsively read all the old threads that seem to have anything to do with our search. My head is spinning from the amount of knowledge that is shared here.
What boats do you recommend for us? Welcoming your opinions and advice....