Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Cloudland, Georgia
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I agree with you, now is a good time to look, find something and plop down an offer. There's a lot of motivated sellers out there these days.
Right now, in terms of size, I am looking in the 60-80 foot range and have been looking pretty seriously at a used M-65, but I hear both good and bad about those boats. (The good: easy handling, low maintenance. The bad: some say they make some odd noises and the shape can distort noticably when sailing in heavy winds, but this is just what I have heard. Of course, fiberglass is somewhat flexible) I wrote the MacGregor folks a week ago, but they have yet to write back with any answers, so they may get scratched from consideration soon. (I prefer buying a boat manufactured by someone who will be around to answer questions, so I often email manufacturers and ask lots of questions before buying. I figure if the manufacturer cares about the customer, they probably also care about the boats they make.)
Basically, I'd love a good world class cruiser that's comfortable, fast, requires a minimal crew (so I can sail solo, if needed) and relatively easy to maintain. Before I drop an offer, however; I intend to take a few months learning the ins and outs of boat safety, emergency management, sailing training and any certifications I think I should need. I've also been reading this board pretty heavily in order to learn by reading rather than sinking.
Right now, I am leaning toward fiberglass hull, aluminum or steel and wanting to avoid wood hulls. The main question I have about metal hulls is how good a protector anodes really are, especially if you wind up docked near another metal boat.
Also would want the boat to be pretty much energy independent, so I'd probably toss on some wind generators and solar cells. I'd rather have the generator as an afterthought than a necessity, especially if I am crossing an ocean somewhere.
Part of what I am doing is for my dad too, he always wanted to sail the world too, but he's getting older and I expect my first few trips he'll be there, but after that, probably not. In a way, this also is a good opportunity to spend some quality time while there still is time left.
I just don't think I'll find a better time to pursue such a dream as this again, therefore; if I am to do this, I need to get started soon.
Feel free to try and talk me into anything or out of anything. I basically value advice at this point and want to make the best decision. Thanks again for the reply too. I look forward to talking to many folks on here and learning many new things from others' perspectives.