Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Beaufort, SC
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Re: Boat Size
Yes, we've already started to assemble a checklist of items that we would like to characterize our boat. Much of the list deals with living arrangements, equipment and systems already on board, and maintenance of hull, rigging, sails, etc. The draft of the boat is as important an issue as any we've been considering however. We live in Beaufort, SC.....sandbar heaven. And we want to go hang out in the Keys and the Bahamas for crying out loud. Do they make flat-bottom sailboats?! Haha.
Anyway, really appreciate the passion you've put into this discussion. We realize that our budget won't have us sailing in luxury, but we're looking forward to it. We're tired of the life of luxury and leisure we live as it is now anyway!
Seriously though, we've got a very committed attitude and hope to find a safe boat that meets our needs for this trip. Off the top of my head though, we prefer the following traits:
- cost near 30k
- range of 34 - 38 feet
- ketch or sloop is fine
- keel or skeg mounted rudder
- wheel steering
- I like bow sprits
- we're ok with either aft or center cockpit design
- draft of 5ft or less
- u shaped galley
- only one head
- bow and stern overhangs are beautiful, but not desired by us. We want waterline and LOA to be pretty damn close
- seems like if the boat has been cruised a lot, then we might be able to take advantage of what the previous owner has already made adjustments to, added to the boat, or fixed with the boat. A boat that has survived decades of cruising (with the right kind of owner) might not be a bad thing, in my inexperienced opinion.
I hope these qualities aren't completely unachievable for our price range. Many other issues, like safety equipment, engine, air conditioning, inverters, generators, water makers, electrical systems and battery banks, and navigation and communication equipment are probably going to be the topics of future posts by us.
So run it through the computer everybody....what is the magic boat that satisfies all that?!?!?!