Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Tennessee, USA
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Re: JEFF H input wanted
I am about 1.5 years away from a [used] live aboard purchase, looking for something in the 30-35 ft range, will be single handing, and looking for an average purchase price somewhere in the neighborhood of $40k.
I am familiar with some of the YouTube videos you are featured in, e.g. Vin & Amy, respect your opinion, and would like to get your ideas about acceptable cruiser-racers, and understand that I will need to put money into upgrades after the initial purchase.
Why a cruiser-racer for me? I think speed, maneuverability, and windward performance increases the safety factor, makes for easier handling, and is just plain fun.
I also want something that is sea-kindly, livable down below, including decent storage, with a clean modern layout, i.e., in a comfortable minimalist sense, e.g., 1988 C&C 35, but not something as spartan as a C&C 99 either, and would greatly appreciate your feedback.
Last, decent engine access for routine maintenance is a plus, as I am 6' 2", and not a contortionist.
* FYI: Prior to watching your videos, I had always believed that a heavy displacement boat with a full keel was the safest way to go, and I was planning to buy a Westsail 32. However, the 1979 Fastnet Contessa 32 story often made me wonder about the "necessity" for a classic, heavy blue water sailboat for passage making. *
Last edited by DBerry; 12-24-2016 at 03:03 AM.