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06-25-2012 10:07 PM
Re: Looking for budget bluewater cruiser suggestions

We bought a 36 ft Union (fully equipped) for $40k and have put in maybe $4k, we have already sailed across the Caribbean, and are heading across the Pacific in Feb. The key is look for a boat with owners who just want to get rid of it. There are a lot of blue water boats in the 35 ft range that sell cheap because they are too small for floating condos, but they make great passage boats.
06-25-2012 09:56 PM
Re: Looking for budget bluewater cruiser suggestions

The best blue-water cruising boat for a sailor who loves to sail, is an Alberg 35. She is not a condo, but a sailors boat, over an inch of solid glass at the waterline in case of floating stuff, 4x4 solid oak tabernacle for a deck stepped mast (dry below!), and will sail her ass off. She has classic lines -pretty counts! I almost never bothered with my Yanmar 3GM, as she would sail as fast and well, anyway. She points at 40 degrees with a plastic 150, and I won plenty of races. Two double beds, when you let the settee down, or one with a settee, and two quarters (mostly for storing sails and stuff). Easy to single hand (just bungi the tiller and go below), as I did for 20 years. I am selling her, so if anyone would like the perfect blue water, great sailor for one or a couple, let me know fast!
05-22-2007 07:24 AM
XTR There are tayana 37s are out there that may meet your budget.
05-21-2007 11:56 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog
Steel boats can be a maintenance horror show... you're constantly fighting corrosion...
Not with proper prep and proper maintenance. I am not finding the anti-corrosion regimine onerous, just routine. And I don't even like painting, but I like a boat you can drop and just do a touch-up.
05-21-2007 09:23 PM
toddrtownsend My 'go small go now' budget was $10,000. It's almost gone. When I leave in the fall it'll probably end up $15,000.

Good Luck!

05-21-2007 06:07 PM
sailingdog Steel boats can be a maintenance horror show... you're constantly fighting corrosion...
05-21-2007 12:29 PM
AdelanteSailing If you want to buy cleverly, buy steel. The boat will be heavier, but costs less. It can be repaired by any welder in case of accidents and the steel hull will be a safe place to be when coditions are less pretty. Some steel boats look horrid and old fashioned, but others are quice nice to look at. Plus the motion at sea is more relaxed than in a (small) light yacht. Check the hull thoroughly and you will be able to sail a larger boat more comfortably for less investment.
05-19-2007 08:44 PM
Originally Posted by Moniker
Howdy all, I really enjoy reading these forums and there are quiet a few nuggets of info to glean from them. I'm trying to build a list of some budget bluewater cruisers to consider and could use a little help...

"Go small, go now" is my mindset; purchase budget is around 60k and I've got a reserve for refitting/outfitting (the less of that I spend the more I leave in the cruising kitty). Current plan is to spend about three years out.

The luxury of space and possibilities for higher latitude sailing make me like higher displacement boats like an Alajuela or a Tayana. In all likelihood though I'll probably be spending most of my time closer to the tropics and that coupled with the probability of some light airs and a fair amount of singlehanding have me shying away from them.

Sensible choices to me seem to the likes of a Morgan 382 or a Tartan 37... Any suggestions to expand my list of potential boats?

My budget is modest and I'd like to get all the sailing performance, liveability and beauty I can with it. Not looking to win any races, but passage speed is important. At 6ft2 some boats and berths get a little headroom limited, and I have to be able to take on one or two crewfor at least a couple months at a time. Preferences are sailing over motoring, anchoring over marina's

Happy to fill in any other information about my plans...
Just to let you know that you are not the only one whose buget is a tad on the slim side also.
Lost out on one boat because I agonisted over buying it two days to long and it was sold just as I made up my mind. Was bummed out for a couple of days. So the search is on again.
Happy hunting for your dream boat.
05-19-2007 08:33 PM
Originally Posted by belliegirl2
A cal 40

fast cheap and can go anywhere
I have a Cal 40. I love it. But be advised that it has an extremely small cabin and a very large cockpit: Great for coastal cruising; a horror show for ocean passages.

It's a beautiful boat with graceful lines and low freeboard - an excellent choice for no more than two people, with not alot of gear, who like to laze around the islands.

05-19-2007 08:21 PM
capecodphyllis Take a look at the Bayfield 36.

The Voyage of Wind-Borne III

It looks like a pretty nice boat.
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