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in eight years, possibly six, I plan to start cruising with a lady. My plan is to sail primarily in South Florida and the Carribean Sea possibly making an Atlantic crossing.

I am seeking advice as to which vessel to purchase. The following are my core requirements:

1. At least 41' length, 13' minimum beam.
2. Solid core hull.
3. Full Keel.
4. Simplicity and easy access to all systems and fittings.
5. An easy to manage rig.
6. Center Cockpit, not a complete deal breaker but very important to me.
7. $150,000 maximum, I can refit her myself.

I don't mind an old, slow vessel but I do want one with ample living space and a Master's cabin. My sweetheart says no Westsails so I also say no Westsails....I know where my bread gets buttered!
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Re: boat search

one thing that comes to mind is an Endeavour Endeavour sailboats for sale by owner.

I don't think their really a full keel but they do have plenty of center cockpits. Might be worth a look.
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Endeavours are good boats, know several people who have them and like them. Here is one examplehttp://m.yachtworld.com/mobile/boats/1980/Endeavour-43-2246017/Marina-Del-Rey/CA/United-States

I have a Columbia C45 that is a center cockpit and love the boat.

You'll get a lot of pros and cons on these and other boats here. Great place for advice.
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Re: boat search

For expansive interior accomodation along with the solidness and simplicity you're looking for, you might want to look at at Morgan Out Island 41....lots of people will have strong opinions both ways about these boats but for living space they can't be beat. They also sail fairly well when the wind picks up. And you can get one in great shape and have tons of money left over in your budget for enhancements and cruising.

I don't know anything about the quality of the bigger Endeavours but my little one was put together pretty well.
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Re: boat search

If you spend that kind of money and have to refit you really should reconcider the whole idea! Why settle now on a boat that will be eight years older? Think about learning, than make a educated decision...Dale
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