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pachler 11-14-2002 08:15 AM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
My husband and I are finally taking the step towards purchasing a boat for living aboard and cruising. We hope to find a boat in the next 6 months and start cruising in the next 2 years. We live in the Annapolis area now, so would like to find something that works on the Bay but can go offshore with us as well. Now that we are getting serious about this, the years of asking about which boat make is best, what we should look for, etc. are coming into play, but I would love any feedback from current liveaboards about what we should be searching for. We were thinking about starting out in the 34'' - 36'' range. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!!!

Jeff_H 11-14-2002 05:13 PM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
My first suggestion is to tell us a little more about what yourself and what you have in mind. For example, are you and your husband experienced sailors? Where do you sail now? When you say ''cruise'' what do you mean? (i.e. some folks mean motoring down the intercoastal and jumping off to the islands, while others mean transoceanic, while still others spend thier lives cruising the Chesapeake.) Do you have a budget in mind? Are you willing to take on a fixer-upper? and so on.

In a general sense, the Chesapeake is a great place to live aboard and cruise. The winds are generally moderate, the bottom soft, and things are pretty well marked. The Chesapeake rewards reasonably fast and light boats with more sailing time (vs motoring) and a much greater choice of anchorages. While there are cruisers that work for the Chesapeake, as well as, offshore, most people on the Bay seem to elect to chose either boats that are optimal for the Chesapeake or else boats that are optomized for offshore and live with the compromises.


djdopeydj 11-16-2002 08:56 AM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
I was checking out sailnet and came across your artical. Anyway I happen to have 2 sailboats and can'' t keep up on both. So, if you'' re interested please E-Mail me. I am selling the smaller of the 2. It is a Clipper Marine 32. Additional info can be obtained at Bacon''s Sails on their board in the store. I was asking $3,200, but at this point am willing to take best offer. Once again please E-Mail me if intrested, my E-MAIL is
Thank You

tho52mas 11-16-2002 10:06 AM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
From my gleenings:
I bought a tank...a 37'' Irwin. She sails at 20 to 30 degrees and is slow, sort of, as its all relative to the owner. She has a lot of room, high freeboard, single handable sails, etc. Lots of room below for two or four in two separate cabins.

leah marie 11-17-2002 07:20 AM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
I saw your email and it caught my attention because my husband and I are also planning what you are planning. We are in the process of looking for a boat and our plan is to sail full time within three years. We live near Nashville, Tn. We sure would like to hear from you and maybe we can help each other in our quest for a boat.
Good luck and hope your dreams come true
Steve and Mary

kimberlite 11-17-2002 09:28 AM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
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mfatic 11-18-2002 06:22 PM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
There are lots of things to consider in your choice, like how much you want to spend, what type of conveniences you want and the like.

I have a Pearson 323 so I''ll admit my bias right up front. However, here are a couple of things I''d want in a boat for cruising:
- Diesel engine: Range and reliability. They''ll run under water as long as you can get air to it.
- Big water tanks
- On-board power generation: solar or wind with some power management.
- Well insulated ice box

Cutters are good for their sail flexibility in varying wind and sea conditions.

If I had to pick right now, I''d consider Island Packets and Pearsons. If I had caboodles of cash, a good used Swan.

Hope that helps.

WHOOSH 11-19-2002 02:32 PM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
Pachler, you really do need to provide more info. And just as ''cruising'' means many different things to all of us, so does ''offshore'' - for 5 hours while crossing to the Bahamas, or 7 days to Bermuda?


pgcarroll 11-22-2002 11:37 AM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
My husband and I are also thinking very seriously about chucking it all and buying an Island Packet 350 for living aboard and coastal cruising in Florida, Bahamas, Dry Tortugas, Intracoastal, East Coast, Gulf Coast, etc.

We are open to other boats, but the Island Packet cult seems to love their boats.

Any thoughts or suggestions? There are two of us, we are experienced sailors (husband has been sailing since he was 7), and love the west coast of Florida.


heidi-peter 12-02-2002 05:28 AM

Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?
My husband and I just took delivery on a 39 southerncross our plan is to outfit her in MD this winter/spring and sail the chesapeake next aug,sept&oct. then down the ICW we would like to spend next winter on the west coast of fla. what good marinas come to mind? we need to be fairly close to an airport.

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