Wisdom for Boat Shopping - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 08-22-2001 Thread Starter
Contributing Authors
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 37
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Wisdom for Boat Shopping

Could you list several boats in the 38 to 46-foot range that you would purchase yourself if you planned on taking your family on a passage around the world?

Jon Shattuck responds:

This is a great question, but one that is nearly impossible to answer without getting to know you and your boating interests better. You might be inclined to buy a multihull because you prize performance over other qualities, or you might want something that's a little more classically styled. Instead of giving you specific options, I'm offering you some general words of wisdom that I have gleaned over the years regarding boat-shopping:

  • There is no such thing as the perfect boat, but there is such a thing as a perfect compromise.
  • The farther away from home you sail, the better (stronger, more conservative) boat you want underneath you.
  • Buy the best (not the biggest) boat you can afford.
  • In the long run, it is cheaper to buy a more expensive boat that has been properly maintained, and well equipped. Fixer-uppers have a voracious appetite for your budget and your time.
  • Buy quality and you'll only cry once.
  • Some boats are racers—you'll have better success racing a cruising boat than you will cruising a racing boat. Racers have big rigs, keels, and minimal interiors, most of which aren't desirable qualities when cruising.
  • Most boats are designed and built for weekend cruising, or coastal cruising at best.
  • If draft is a concern, go with a shoal-draft monohull or a multihull.
  • If you're an ex-basketball player, a raised salon, pilothouse, or motor sailor will give you more headroom than other boats.
  • Not all boats are created equal. Most are built to a price point, and a few are built to a quality point. If I were sailing over the horizon with my family aboard, I would rather be on an older, smaller, higher-quality vessel than a newer, larger, lesser-quality boat.
  • If you are not comfortable picking out the best boat for you and your crew from the vast fleet of options, then find a broker, and let him or her weed out the chaff and present you with the best options available. An experienced broker will be able to figure out your personal likes and dislikes (play matchmaker), present you with what he or she feels are the best candidates, and most importantly, dissuade you from less desirable choices. If you are comfortable with finding a boat on your own, then you're in good stead. However, the small amount of additional cost you may incur by using a broker will pay off tenfold—or a hundredfold if you shop solo and end up with a lemon.

Once you're ready to start looking, log on to BoatSearch.com (www.boatsearch.com) and have a look at the thousands of boats we have listed there. It makes for a good start and sometimes you'll find just the boat you're looking for. Good luck.

Jon Shattuck is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome