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Would one of these beautiful yachts be a good choice for long distance passagemaking; and will they be really high maintenance?
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No, unfortunately!

These are gorgeous boats to be sure but not really suited for long distance passagemaking. I looked at the 46' since I cruise a 45'. The killer is the displacement - it is only 9000 pounds. My Bristol is 36000 lbs. This translates into tankage and the ability to carry the large amounts of crap one needs for extended cruising. The website did not mention tankage - I can't imagine it would be much.

They certainly appeal to my traditional eye, but they are in that new category of toy, the 'daysailor' for people of means (see also the Morris and other daysailors). looks like a lovely boat to sail and would be ok for a few days' cruise but it would make no sense to try to cruise one of these for any length of time.

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Thank you Killareny_sailor, very useful and to the point.
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These are gorgeous boats to be sure but not really suited for long distance passagemaking. I looked at the 46' since I cruise a 45'. The killer is the displacement - it is only 9000 pounds. My Bristol is 36000 lbs. This translates into tankage and the ability to carry the large amounts of crap one needs for extended cruising. The website did not mention tankage - I can't imagine it would be much.

They certainly appeal to my traditional eye, but they are in that new category of toy, the 'daysailor' for people of means (see also the Morris and other daysailors). looks like a lovely boat to sail and would be ok for a few days' cruise but it would make no sense to try to cruise one of these for any length of time.
I agree about the 46, but certainly the Spirit 70 can do it and the bigger models even better (100, 130). Style and comfort .

With this type of boat you will need a substantially bigger boat.

About price and maintenance it is better not to speak and anyway if you are worried about that, you are not qualified to have one of those beauties

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Re: Spirit yachts

Great style boats.
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Re: Spirit yachts

if you can afford them, I bet one can afford someone to maintain it for ya Beautiful boats, as the Friendship line and many others. I would be terrified to dock one though LOL

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Re: Spirit yachts

A Spirit 56 is a reasonable cruising boat, one is anchored in front of me as I write this and is a comfortable cruising home for the owner and her two dogs. It is by no means spacious but it is pretty.

Not as pretty as the 46 though which is pure sailing porn. There are 2 or 3 kept in Antigua as day sailors and if I were to win 10 mill I guess I would make it 4.
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