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Crossing the Atlantic, and...

In roughly the year 2020, my family and I are planning on taking a year off to travel the world (not necessarily all boat-based). It's a daydream at this point, but I sometimes fantasize about doing a trans-Atlantic crossing from NA to Europe, either with my family (by that time, will be 2 daughters aged 11 and 13, my wife and myself) or, more likely, singlehanded for that leg; and then unstepping the mast to travel through Europe's inland waterways, definitely with all 4 of us aboard at that point.

So, in YOUR opinion,... what is the ideal boat that is big enough for 4 people to live aboard (cozily!) for many months, and to be able to cross the Atlantic, yet small enough/shallow enough draft to not be overly restricted in the canals of Europe?...

I look forward to reading up on some of your suggestions, I've got a few years to work on it!
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Re: Crossing the Atlantic, and...

You might want to give us an idea of your budget.
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Re: Crossing the Atlantic, and...

Well if I was doing this and I could afford one then an Alubat built Ovni is the way I would go.

Class A rated, tough ali hull, many have circumnavigated AND most important of all a lifting keel for those canals.

You will be pushed to find one in the USA but they will turn up in the Caribbean esp. in the french islands.
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Re: Crossing the Atlantic, and...

Lets just say my budget is hypothetically not an issue... in real life, I'm in the market for well looked after boats from the 1970's... but for this trip I would consider a larger loan with the idea that I would sell the boat again after the trip.
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That said, I will never be looking at 7 figures ;-)
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Re: Crossing the Atlantic, and...

Those Ovnis are quite interesting!
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Re: Crossing the Atlantic, and...

Jimmy Cornell has done some serious miles in his and answers questions here CLICKY
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Re: Crossing the Atlantic, and...

So your daughters are 4 and 6 now?

Better buy a boat NOW, this year, and find out if they'll grow up to love or hate sailing. If they aren't in love with sailing, the dream could become a nightmare real fast. If they do love sailing, you'll have plenty of time to get experience and prep the boat and build memories beforehand.
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Re: Crossing the Atlantic, and...

Solid advice, "hellosailor", but I think I'm on a better plan... we do own a small 1968 New Horizons 26' that I refer to as "lakeworthy" but not "sea worthy" that we use for daysailing, and we've been chartering bigger boats for summer holidays on the ocean. So far the girls (you are correct on the age estimation!)have been really enjoying themselves, and I think my wife is slowly coming around too... ;-). I won't commit to buying a boat, especially a bigger one until I know that a)everyone in my family is "onboard" (pun intended), and b)I have a better idea of what I'm looking for after having built more experience on OTHER people's boats!

That said, I love reading about different models, and it's never to early to daydream about the boat that will take us on our grand adventure...
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Re: Crossing the Atlantic, and...

Great!

I'd pull the girls further into the web, and ask them to help you find that next boat. Make it into a game, let them explore what's out there and what the differences are, and how they'd like to SHOP for that perfect boat. And how a new Sundeer64 just might consume their college funds. I'd bet they would have fun exploring the parameters of boats and how much boat they could find under a set price point, or even what that point "should" be. Which honestly can be a good learning experience, in economics and math and all sorts of things.
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