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For the past couple of months, I have been living on a Cruise-a-Home and looking forward to the days I can get back to a real sailboat. It is four old son and I, and I am seriously looking for a true boat to call home.

I figure I would post my questions to the group and maybe someone can point me in the right direction. I have been looking at the Formosa and trying to see if that would meet my needs, but after a biting commentary by Jeff, I have decided to look elsewhere.

What I am looking for is a decent and cost effective center cockpit boat. It needs to have a least an additional stateroom and decent storage. I am not opposed to a center cockpit with a pilot house, but I can live without that. I need at least 6'3 or better headroom. I would definitely like something with a dedicated navigation area. Last, but not least I need it to be easily handled single hand, or as close to single hand as possible. I am not opposed to a motorsailer, but definitely want to allow for large fuel capcity (greater than 200 gallons) as well as large water tankage.

I am not looking for a fluff boat, but something that is comfortable in a Marina, but is just as comfortable rounding the Horn, or looking at the ice around the Arctic Sea or rounding the Horn and heading 600 miles south.

Granted some of the itinerary is slightly imagined, but one never knows once one has the "right one" under your feet! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Pretty tall order.... what's your budget?
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...... something that is comfortable in a Marina, but is just as comfortable rounding the Horn.......
This is the part that suggests an imaginary boat or, if not a dream, a very expensive boat! These are the expectations that develop compromises. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew

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This is the part that suggests an imaginary boat or, if not a dream, a very expensive boat! These are the expectations that develop comromises. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
Actually former owner of the "Lost Souls" believes that his 56' Formosa is the ideal boat, perfect for what I am looking for. Considering that Bob and I are the same height (6'5), at least that part is doable. I have also been told that a Bruce Roberts Spray would fit the build as well.
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Do you have much experience in sailing? If not, work on that a while, then you will have a better idea of what will suit your style of sailing. I don't know, but my guess is that single handing a 56' boat around Cape Horn or in the Artic Sea might be a bit difficult, if not downright dangerous and overwhelming.

Also, one doesn't have to have "the ultimate" boat. It doesn't exist. But there are lots of boats that would work, although, I grant you that a tall person will need to make sure there is sufficient headroom. And for most of us, a little thing called money availability tends to narrow the list of boat possibilities.
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Actually former owner of the "Lost Souls" believes that his 56' Formosa is the ideal boat, perfect for what I am looking for. Considering that Bob and I are the same height (6'5), at least that part is doable. I have also been told that a Bruce Roberts Spray would fit the build as well.
These boats you mention are examples of the compromises I was referring too. For strength, comfort and performance in the "Roaring Fourties" I think you should be looking for custom vessels like the Hawk cruised by Beth Leonard & Evans Starzinger. This is my opinion & not my experience, as I'm casually coastal cruising my 1973 production boat just from Maine to the Bahamas. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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