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Something I've picked up is to remember that age is not exactly a good sign of condition. An old boat may be very well taken care of and give you good service with minimal upgrading while a newer boat may have been abused, stressed, or just plain neglected and you may need to replace everything on her before she's fit for the water.

If I were you I would sit down with your significant other and make a list of where you want to go and what you want to do. Then make a list of what amenities are must have's and a list of nice to have's. You've listed your budget. Will you be living aboard or splitting your time between apartment and boat? Do you plan on staying in marina's or mostly anchoring? Type of crew? (married couple, kid's, pet's) It may sound stupid but how tall is your tallest crewmember? Even some of the bigger boats may not have enough headroom to suit you.

Be realistic and be specific. Once you've done this come back and share that information. There are a lot of very helpful and experienced people on this site that will be more than generous with advice.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

Wow, the Brewer looks great.
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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

In the first place, no boat is perfect; they are all compromises. As your knowledge grows your boat requirements will change.
Forget tomorrow. Figure out your more immediate needs and seek a boat that will fulfill them.
You won't even know if you like the boat you do buy until you've lived on it for a while. The galley might not be serviceable at sea or in a rolly anchorage. The salon seating may not be very comfortable, the bunks unusable at sea (sleep on the floor at sea; many do).
So put together a list of what you'd like, what you will need and what you want & try to find something that covers as many of those things as possible for what you want to spend.
Don't ask us; tell us. Then we might be able to help.
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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

There are no dumb questions. It's a forum where the OP thinks people with similar interests may offer some insight. Unfortunately the insight some people offer judgemental rather than constructive.
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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

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**** damn you see the lack of info..... " the Budget"........forget the B40,
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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

I suggest spending time talking to people who have or are currently cruising the places you want to go. Read their blogs, ask questions about what they like and don't like about their choice of boat.
There are many boats out there that will do the trip....much depends on your personal needs and tastes.
I second crewing with others before making final decisions....make sure it is really what you want to do....it's not for everyone. You will also see what features of the boats you crew on appeal to you. No boat is perfect unless you have unlimited funds....so you have to know where you can handle the compromises and what you need to have.
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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

"colvin, depending upon how far you want to turn up the weird-o-meter."

Guess my weird-o-meter is off the charts. I love the Colvin Gazelle. I sailed one around the Caribbean and had a great time. Full keeled 4 foot draft and short rig makes it a comfy ride with a max heel of about 15 degrees. The mast height was around 40' making many more bridges passable. IMHO as close to perfect as it gets.

There was a yard in India building them new for 40,000usd. leaving alot of room in your budget for outfitting and cruising.

It is going to be my next boat. Anyone in the market for a Bristol 27?
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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

I think that sailing (in)experience needs to be addressed before what boat is a "do it all". Most RTW sailors have had multiple boats that has left them with a ton of experience. Personally, I like my Passport 40. Look into it.....
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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

Seafarer 34' CB model. heavy/sturdy boat, famous designers. Shallow draft (under 4 feet) yet still isnt tender. good size and space interior.

Alternatively a Tartan 34 CB.
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Re: Do it all boat, Caribbean and Rtw

price range? sailing experience?
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