What about the Kettenburg makes you classify it as a CC, Brian? By all accounts I've read, a great many of them have crossed oceans (including the one in Florida for sale), and the hulls are very strong and sound. I know they have sailing characteristics not perfect for blue-water voyaging and require more tending of helm and sails than full-keel blue-water boats, but again, shouldn't hull-strength be a more important factor in oceanic voyaging than sailing qualities? Also, CD, where is that surveyor located in Florida? West Coast or East coast? It's possible that the owner of the Ket will be sailing it to the West Coast where he lives to make showing it easier - I may just shell out for the survey on the gamble that all will be well before I actually go out there, since there are not a lot of other boats I'd want to sail up from Florida.
Those are some very nice boats you guys linked me to, but I'm afraid they are all well out of my price-range. I don't want to take on a multi-year loan for a boat, and I certainly don't want to buy anything that far from depreciation. The Kett should hold value fairly well if I keep it in good shape, which I'll essentially HAVE to do, since it'd be my home (again, not SET on buying it, but leaning towards it).
Thanks for your post! My wife and I have been poking around your blog, actually, it's a great one, and full of ideas for us and our son. I'm sure we'll be contacting you sooner or later with a myriad of questions about the areas, marinas, commutes, and more!
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