Jeff - I'm new to the forum and even worse not a boat owner but I'm dying to know what boat fits your criteria ? The oyster 525 doesn't even have a SA/disp greater than 20
Here's what I want - A brand new "bluewater capable" boat. Think circumnavigation.
Approx. 50' in length.
It has to have three genuine staterooms for three couples - it's okay if one of the cabins has upper and lower berths.
I want huge amounts of stowage for scuba tanks and compressor and whatever else I feel like hauling along
I'd prefer a center cockpit
The layout I love is the IP485 - has every thing I want or need(if the middle cabin was set up for berths instead of an office which is an option) I can even envision draping a curtain between the salon and nav station and galley area to use the salon settees as sea berths and keep them from being disturbed (somewhat) by the on watch crew.
I know you don't like IP's and I'm okay with that (although you seem to REALLY REALLY dislike these boats
or maybe you are just the devils advocate in regards to the hype they receive)
oh yeah a few more things the boat has to be made in either the USA (it's just me) or Europe
I also like the keel to be all of one piece of the hull like IP's and I believe Calibers, although this isn't critical
and two more things a sub 6' draft if possible
and keep it under $850,000
Now I don't care if the boat is slow but I would prefer to sail rather than motor so light wind performance would be pivotal
So tell me - What boat, that fits these qualifications, would you buy ?
I'm dying to know - if price wasn't a factor I would LOVE a Hallberg 54
also what do you know of the Alden 55
Also let me take this opporunity to thank you for all the knowledge you bring to the forum and say how happy I am that it's you instead of BigRed(the pirate of pine island) I'm asking this of