I have spent the last few months defining my criteria for my planned circumnavigation in 10 years that has a crew of 2 and occasional guests. I have come across the Cigale 14, a sturdy aluminum boat with some of the Open 60 traits that have trickled down. I will be 53 by the time I leave and my first mate will be 48.
Here is the link for more information:
Cigale 14 < Gamme Cigale < Les Gammes
Also, Blue Water Sailing Review:
Blue Water Sailing
We currently sail on a 37 foot racer/cruiser and I am comfortable singlehanding it and I know 45 feet is a somewhat harder boat for 2 people to handle (especially when keeping watch by yourself) but should still be do-able. Sail area is 106 square meters (1140 sq ft) which is typical for racer/cruiser 45 foot boats. The 7 foot draft isn't an issue for me. Tankage is also respectable at 79 gallons for fuel and 132 gallons for water although I know I'll be supplementing it with jerry cans.
Interesting features include a large seating area under the cockpit and water ballast. I am also a big fan of having the traveler behind the cockpit, which is very rare on an aft cockpit boat although it makes so much sense (once you're in the boat). There is also a spot on the back of the boat for storing the dinghy which doubles as a swim platform.
Only real hesitation at the moment is if the hull looks like it would pound going upwind (you can see pictures of the hull in the Blue Water Sailing Review). Well that and the price, but hopefully in 10 years or so there will be a used one on the market that is more within my price range. Too bad they don't make a 40 foot version of this boat.
Does anyone have any comments/experience with this somewhat unusual boat?