The Bristol 35.5, Tartan 37/372, the Pretorien and the Morgan were not purpose built bluewater boats AFAIK
, but have been used for bluewater passages successfully. The Valiants, the Passports, the and the Pacific Seacrafts are purpose-built bluewater boats AFAIK
Have you been aboard or sailed any of these boats? I would really recommend getting some time on some of these boats before you try to decide. The cabin layout, deck layout, stowage, etc., are all going to be different, and you need to find a boat that works for you.
Also, the size of the berths and headroom on the boats is important if you're going to be living aboard. Finding a boat that has berths that you can lie in comfortably is a necessity.
My recommendation is that you reserve about 15-20% of the total purchase budget for refitting, modifying and upgrading whatever boat you get.
I'd also recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips
thread I started, as it will help you determine whether the boats you look at are even worth going forward on, saving you the price of a survey on boats that aren't worth looking at further.
While I've sailed on several of these boats, I haven't spent enough time on them to give you real feedback on their livability.
I would also ask if you're going to be living aboard by yourself or have others living/sailing with you?
Iam thinking of retiring and living on a sailboat yet to be purchased. I have a total budget of $100m to $200m to purchase and fit out the vessel. I would like to stay on the east coast with at least one Atlantic crossing, maybe more, I would like a boat in the 35 to 40ft range that is seaworthy and not too slow, and can be set up for single handed sailing. I have been looking at the Tartan 37 and 372' the Valiant 37 and 40' the Passport 37 and 40' the Pacific seacraft 34 and 37' the Pretorien 35' Bristol 35.5 , the Morgan 382, and would really appreciate some help comparing these boats and other suggestions. I like to sail and I am not looking for a dockside living space, that being said I will be living on the boat most of the time. I'd love to hear from anyone with experience sailing these boats, especially offshore. I must admit I am swimming with too much information and now need some realtime, experienced advice from someone who has lived the path I am about to embark upon. Thanks so much.