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For grins, I just punched in 50-52 footers in Yachtworld and came up with over 600 hits. You should do the same and see the universe you''re talking about. Prices range from about $100,000 for something I consider suitable on up. That''s before upgrades of course. I suggest you guys come up with how much you want to spend for the boat, then allow at least another 25 percent or so (if not more) for upgrades. Then the resident experts on here can give you better advice. The dollar range will help whittle down that list of 600.
Some good boats in that list -- Amel, Hylas, Tayana, Swan, Hinckley, Valiant to name a few. Lots of custom boats, too. But my personal favorite is a Santa Cruz 52 in Sauslito for $550K. (See how easy it is for me to spend your money?) If that''s too rich, there''s a cool sounding Farr IOR 50 in New Zealand for $207K. Either of those will satisfy your speed requirement.
As for your second quesion, email Jeff H on here if he doesn''t chime in. He almost bought a boat in South Africa. But as long as the dollar stays strong (subject to instant change of course) you probably can get some good buys overseas. Probably also cheaper to outfit the boat, too. But then you have to go there and have living expenses during the work, etc. it can get complicated (expensive) in a hurry.