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Narrowing my search
Hello, and thanks in advance for any input I receive.
My husband and I are looking to purchase in the next several months a 35 - 42 foot cruiser. We live in the greater Puget Sound area, and the first year's worth of destinations will be circumnavigating Vancouver Island, Alaska, back home, then on to Mexico and the Sea of Cortez for a winter. After that...who knows?
My husband has been racing and sailing in the area for 30+ years (including the Vn Isle 360). I've only been sailing for 3 years, but am enjoying learning. In my professional life I am a mountaineer, climber, guide, etc., so am accustomed to hardships and and taking calculated risks (although I find that being a new sailor with little experience makes it hard to make judgement calls...)...
Our budget is about 80K total: I imagine about 50-60K for the boat, with another 20 - 30K for fixing up. We're good at maintenance (been partners in an Ericson 34 for years) and can take on quite a few projects.
Our choices are narrowing, after months of looking, to a few boats that are available now. Despite his racing experience, my husband is attracted to salty-type double enders: so we're kind of narrowing down to a Rafiki 37, which is purported to be at least as good in many respects as a Tayana 37, but for less $$ and perhaps fewer maintenance issues. I want to enjoy learning to sail, so am interested in a Cal 39, perhaps an older Tartan 41 or a Morgan 382...
While accomodations are not super important, other than having one decent double bed, headroom is (hubby is 6'3"), and I'd love to have a way for another couple to visit us and be able to sleep comfortably and not have to keep pulling out settees every night (one reason to consider the Cal 39).
I've searched this site and others, googled til my fingers are sore, looked at specs, several respected lists, etc. I was surprised to read on this site that the Cal 39 is not the slam dunk I was thinking it to be. I'm having trouble finding any info at all on the Rafiki, save from the "through the cracks" article I read here, and a couple of short comments on the old rafiki email list (which seems defunct.)
Any input from any of you on these boats?