Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Savannah, GA
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I'm new to the site. My wife and I are starting our search for a decent-sized Beneteau. We aren't stuck on them, but of all of the boats we have seen, they seem to be the ones we like aesthetically.
I'm currently pretty inexperienced with coastal cruising, but I just bought a 1/4 share of a 27' Catalina to get some experience, and to give my wife a starting point for learning to sail, etc.
Our ultimate goal is to have a solid boat that can sail from Georgia/Florida to the Bahamas, and maybe stay in the Caribbean as well. We want to have at least two full cabins so friends/relatives can join us. I suspect that most of the time, our friends would join us in the marina, not for the sailing itself, so the boat needs to be capable of being sailed by two.
I know that's a lot to ask, but there are a few boats out there that seem to come close. There's a 35' Beneteau for sale that was a liveaboard prior, but it seems a bit small. We are going to look at a 43' 1988 Idylle 13.5 that seems really nice, in the pictures...
We would like to spend $50,000 - $100,000, obviously the lower the better. The Beneteau boats appear to be in the $80,000 range for the vintage we are looking at.
Any suggestions? We aren't going to purchase tomorrow, but we are starting to think about it. With the Catalina, I think we will get some good experience sailing it down from where we purchased it in Maryland to Georgia. Most of the trip will be on the ICW, but there will probably be some time off shore. I figure after making that trip, and having a few months this late summer/fall to get some experience and give my wife and I time to take some lessons, we will be ready to purchase in the late fall.
Thanks guys, and I look forward to future discussions!