Join Date: Feb 2008
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You definitely should consider the Whitby 42. You can get one for under $100,000 (I just checked Yachtworld and there are several under that price, some as low as $75,000). I'm sure the big difference on price is condition and equipment.
I have some experience with this boat. A good friend has one, I sailed her to Bermuda, and have spent a fair amount of time on her over the years. It's an incredibly comfortable boat, lots of room, and she's got a very forgiving, easy and comfortable motion. Plus, I think the draft is 5' (she's a full keeler). The aft berth is huge, it's a walk over and a walk through (a nice feature in my view). Plus, they're built like the proverbial brick ****house. (I've not heard of the problem Cam mentioned about some boats having screwed hull to deck joints; check that, as I would avoid those and go with a boat whose deck is through bolted.) The ketch rig also is very nice for short handed cruising, as it's versatile, the sails are smaller, the rig is less tall (it's a very ICW friendly boat). The tankage is enormous, the engine room is large. Just generally a very good cruiser.
Here's the downside, which shouldn't be so surprising. They're old at this point. That means the condition is likely to be less than optimal. If it's been refit and is in good condition, it likely will be a little above your price range. You might be willing to make that trade (I would), but that's your call obviously. On the other hand, an older one that's not in the best shape and is out of date equipment-wise certainly will be well within your stated price range, and if you're willing to put in the sweat equity you can get a great value. Also, these are not light air boats. Once the wind is up a bit she'll get going like a freight train, but you'll need some wind to make that happen. Likewise, she's not the most weatherly boat you'll find. All in all, I think these are excellent cruisers and present tremendous value.
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