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06-29-2014 11:47 PM
Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

Another boat that meets the original poster's criteria is the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35.
03-25-2013 08:02 PM
Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

Thanks! I learned alot from the forums reading all these "best boat" posts and tried to distill it for others.
03-25-2013 07:31 PM
Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

Originally Posted by vtsailguy View Post
Nicely written. Good luck with your new boat.
03-24-2013 03:50 PM
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Thought I would post my final update!

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03-16-2013 08:30 AM
Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

With a max of $200k, you certainly have some options in new boats from the big production builders, but you will loose more selling it after 5 years of cruising. Those 5 years, "should" however be free of big expenditure and needed upgrades versus used boats.
I agree with Chef on this:1998 Pacific Seacraft Ericson 380 Sail Boat For Sale -
This would be a very nice cruiser, if you can budge on the draft:
2005 Wauquiez Centurion 40s Sail Boat For Sale -
Every boat will be a compromise of some sort.
03-15-2013 02:19 PM
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Yeh, the J/32 and the Jeanneau 34.2 both have three cabins. Info on the J/32 is still available on the J/Boats website. You'll have to dig a little harder to find info on the Jeanneau
03-15-2013 10:22 AM
Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

Originally Posted by Hudsonian View Post
OTOH, I know couples in their eighties who continue to cruise for months each year aboard a J/28 and a Sabre 34.
Do any of the boats like this or maybe slightly bigger have two cabins?
Sadly this is not my requirement and I have not been able to get my wife to budge off it.
03-12-2013 06:05 PM
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The original poster said, " I would love to have it as small as possible. The further under 40' the happier I would be." Most responding seem to ignore his size criteria which are very sensible indeed. Bigger boats have the potential drive older cruisers out of sailing faster than would be the case if they were sailing more moderately sized vessels. This guy is 65 years old. How long do you expect him to hoist a 350 sq ft mainsail, or a 33 lb anchor? Several older friends have been overwhelmed by the demands of the bigger boats -- expensive maintenance and strength demands -- and dropped out of sailing altogether. OTOH, I know couples in their eighties who continue to cruise for months each year aboard a J/28 and a Sabre 34.

If the OP had said, "I'm looking for a comfortable, midsize car" would you suggest a 2T FWD dump truck with an extended cab?
03-12-2013 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
The OP sets criteria of $120000 and 10 years and gets a slew of suggestions over $130,000 and much greater than 15 years old. Not what he asked for

He posted in another thread the pro and cons of buying newer ( with less wear and tear but already depreciated) vrs older with replacement costs and upgrades necessary right away. he obviously decided on newer

What is available are some nice cruisers which are suitable for his purpose, I like the 38 ft Catalinas the best. All are production boats

The 36 CC Beneteay I dont think will suit your purpse. It is OK as a Bay boat. It is ponderously slow, and the sea motion is not gentle. My freind 2 slips from me has one. You are virtually 24 ft from the bow at the helm.

If you are willing to go another 3- 5 years out, production boats still quality and it opens up the 40 fters.

David I know you can handle a 40 ft easily and the added length and weight will give you icreased comfort at sea, anchor and more tankage.
I still prefer the Catalina

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03-12-2013 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by bjung View Post
What would you consider your oldest, acceptable production year?
Well that of course is the real question?

I've spent a lot of time on 20 to 30 year old boats.
I've also interviewed many many owners and read countless blogs and stories.

The conclusion I have come to is that unless you do a complete rebuilt which I don't want to devote the years to the older the boat higher the probability that several important items will "come due" during the time I own the boat.
It seems a lot like musical chairs.
So I can't answer that question exactly.
It is apparently ultimately a crap shoot. New is no guarantee, brand is no guarantee, surveys miss a lot, Refits can be problematic.
I'm just trying to stack the deck in my favor.
If I could spend 200k sail for 3 years and sell the boat for 200k that would be a much better deal in my opinion than buying a boat for 50k putting three years and 100 into it and selling for 50k after 6 years.
But you never know. I might spend 200k still have to put 100k into it and sell for 100k. The worst of both worlds. That last plan would devastate me financially. I would never recover.

What I'm getting at is that I'm 62 my father is still alive and healthy. I want to be as prudent as possible so I can still have fun but not end up penniless.
My problem is that I'm not wealthy enough so I can afford to loose a couple hundred k.
But I have enough resources so I could if necessary buy a boat in a wide range of cost categories.
That makes the choices harder in my opinion.

At some point we all have to take our chances or not, there are no guarantees in life.
I figure there is nothing wrong in looking before leaping however.
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