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Blue Water for living for approx. $100000 in Europe
I’m almost new to sailing. 2 years of experience. I’m currently searching for a boat for approx $100K 30ft - 40ft to live and sail.
I live in Russia, so the primary market for me to consider is Europe. And I plan to live on a boat for a year-two in Turkey Mediterranean to travel to some Med. countries on the boat and then maybe to go far, to cross the ocean to the Caribbean.
I need someone to narrow my research, because I think I’m a little lost right now.
After I read this forum I can see that most of experienced sailors often vote for better brands like Hallberg Rassy or Oyser. But considering that I’m willing to spend only approx. 100K I can choose only between 25 to 30 years old Hallberg Rassy versus new or 5-10 years old mass production brands like Bavaria, Beneteau...
I gathered some stats from yachtworld.com for the Europe boats for less than $120000 and not older than 1980, and here are numbers (list I can choose from):
Brand => boats number currently for sale
beneteau => 615
bavaria => 514
jeanneau => 526
dufour => 186
elan => 163
moody => 96
dehler => 91
Gib'sea => 86
hanse => 80
westerly => 50
feeling => 50
hallberg rassy => 42
Van De Stadt => 35
x-yachts => 35
grand soleil => 30
etap => 21
catalina => 15
hunter => 52
I’m not the one who likes to do much repair work myself. So I want the boat to work for me for at least 5 years without big problems. I want to work on a computer on a boat so I need some space but not really much. I want to invite some friends from 3 to 5 from time to time.
So she should be single handed Blue Water reliable cruiser with enough space for one-two living persons (in the 34-40 foot range, I think). I also hope this boat will not lose much in 5 years in case it is not new one, so I could sell it.
Most of the mass production brands in Europe are after charter, so I don’t think they are the best choice.
What should I look at to start my in deep research?
Hallberg-Rassy 352 25-30 years old, hoping there is not much to repair,
Hallberg-Rassy 31-34 25-30 years old spending additional $10-$20K for repair and upgrade,
Bavaria 30-40ft new or 5 years old
Beneteau first 30-40ft new or 10 years old
or something else.
I need 3-5 boats to keep in mind while researching. Currently there is much more and I’m really confused.
Thanks in advance.