After 9 years living year round aboard my modified Pearson Vanguard in New England, I'm searching for my next boat and looking for design recommendations. I've lived aboard out of necessity and out of love for the lifestyle. I plan on cruising when my youngest graduates from college in three to five years but will be working and living aboard until then.
Living aboard my Vanguard has taught me a lot about the lifestyle and while my Vanguard has served me very well, I find myself dreaming of more room.
My budget is 50K or less. I am pretty handy-I can fix anything, but I don't want a complete restoration either as I will be living aboard while doing any repairs
Things I need:
More tankage-currently only have 40 gallons of water
Prefer full keel with cutaway forefoot or split underbody but prop must not be exposed-too many lobster pots here plus safer in a grounding.
Winter is cruel here-I insulated my hull and would like the next boat to have that already in place-if not possible I'd like a cored to the waterline hull.
A cutter rig
Much more stowage
Decent sailing performance for a cruiser-no sleds and no absolute pigs to windward.
I tend to like the older Alberg and Rhodes designs, but am wondering if my horizons should be widened a bit
Need a simple to singlehand design-so anything over 40 feet is probably out.
it would be rare for me to be attracted to a center cockpit design-too bulky to my eyes
Appreciate any and all feedback.