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A perfect cruising boat
I have read plenty of threads from people asking the sailnet community to help them find a perfect cruising boat, and have come away with loads of helpful information. However, nobody else's perfect boat meets my criteria. Do you guys think you may have some suggestions for me? Of course every vessel purchased under a budget is a compromise, and I don't expect to have it all, but this is what I would like;
Budget: $35,000 or less (less is obviously better)
Size: 33 to 38 feet (cruising couple)
Itinerary: Capable of world cruising (planning a circumnavigation)
Material: Anything but wood, aluminum, or wood sandwich construction
Rig: Preferably a ketch or yawl, but a sloop would also suit me
Layout: An aft cabin would be ideal, as well as a center cockpit.
Accomodations: SIMPLE. Generator is completely unnecessary, as well as AC, hot water, and most other creature comforts.
Condition: I am in the marine trades, so can do a bit of work but don't want a "project" boat.
Boats I have seen and liked:
Columbia 34 MKII (please tell me why this is a terrible choice, I have a sinking feeling that it is, but can't get past that LOW prices and roomy interiors)
Cheoy Lees; beautiful and sturdy, but somewhat pricey for what you get.
Irwin CC Ketch; lots of boat for the money, and has the aft cabin that I like.
Plenty of ferro cement boats, due to the inability to insure they go for CHEAP and they don't scare me one bit. Heavy displacement and good cruisers.
What do you think guys? Have any suggestions for me? The list of boats is just a few I have seen, but what are some others I should look into? And what do you think of my short list?