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Hey All,
Just wanted some input on what may be feasible and what is not. I am currently the proud owner of a Pearson 30 and am getting used to sailing a bigger boat. My wife and I have a 3 year plan in place and are saving to buy a more capable boat in at the end of the three years. I have been looking over Yacht Trader as well as going through reviews and options on boats I might like. Our budget stands at $40,000 as a base and whatever we would need to outfit we would spread out over several years after that. My wife would like to have a shower, a propane stove and oven, and refrigeration. I would like a boat set up for single handed or at least short handed sailing, a non bolted keel, and have bluewater capability.
Is our budget feasible?
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Re: Looking for the next step

How much bigger and what do you plan do with it are the 1st questions that came to me.
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We just need something big enough to be blue water capable and be able to house my two daughters, my wife and I. We are looking to cruise down to the Caribbean and back up to the north east, after this we were thinking of taking the big leap and sailing over to Europe and back!
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Re: Looking for the next step

I'm a little confused by the non bolted keel, what attachment method do you prefer ?

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I'm a little confused by the non bolted keel, what attachment method do you prefer ?

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Re: Looking for the next step

38' Jeanneau Gin Fiz, circa mid 70's....Look up Laura Dekker....she sailed one around world the solo at age 14.

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1976...e#.WR8f9-vyvRY

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I would honestly as was said before prefer a fully encapsulated keel.
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Re: Looking for the next step

You need to be looking around 38 to 44 ft for 4 people.

For a true offshore capable boat 40k is a touch tight if you are looking at conventional mainstream GRP boats. I was in a similar position back in the 90s and chose to buy a steel boat. Mainly because as an engineer I knew how to weld and felt if I had problems I could fix them. My boat cost about 20k$ I spent about 7k$ and then left the UK on a transatlantic. There followed the best 7 years of my life.

So in your position I would look at steel boats and would also keep my eye on the ferrocement market. Look for an older boat that has had a major refit, something like

1981 Folkes Cutter Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

1976 Samson 40 Sea Smoke Ketch Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
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