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airfree 12-09-2002 07:03 PM

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I want to sell it all and buy a boat to cruise the world. All right, sound a little ambitious, but worth looking into. Couple of questions. What size boat is minimum for sea voyages? What kind of $$/foot to maintain a boat? Any resources that I can look into to help me figure it out. I want to start putting it together to start no more than 2 years from now.

Jeff_H 12-10-2002 03:12 AM

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A lot of this depends on how knowledgeable you are about boats, the sailing venue you plan to sail in and the nature of your general preferences and tastes. The traditional rule of thumbs that you used to see in print suggested that you need somewhere around 2 1/2 to 6 (long) tons of displacement per person to go distance voyaging. Today with more sophisticated deck gear this limit has been extended upward to maybe 7 or 7 1/2 or so (long) tons displacement per person but here is where preferences come in, because I personally would prefer to stay closer to the lower limit while many would prefer to stay closer to the upper limit.

Displacement is a much more useful yard stick for sizing a distance voyager than length because displacement will (by and large) give you a sense of how much volume and carrying capacity the boat will have. All other things being equal, once you have chosen a displacement range that appeals to you, then in a general sense a larger boat in that weight range will offer more seaworthiness, speed and comfort, albeit often at a higher price.

How much maintenance should be budgeted is like asking how long is a piece of string. Complex boats with lots of gear, and older boats in mediocre condition require the most maintenance. Simple, well understood and well maintained boats (as odd as this sounds) require the least maintenance. In a loose sense, most boats cost between 10% and 15% of thier purchase price per year to maintain but, of course, there is a wide variation from owner to owner and boat to boat.


johnwilmer 12-10-2002 05:49 AM

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My wife and I are looking at a Stevens 47 as a possible liveaboard/coastal cruiser. Does anyone have any experience, knowledge of these? Would a Stevens be appropriate to our purpose? We have looked at similar size Endeavours, Morgans, and a Hardin--which are generally less expensive but the Stevens is touted as a better sailor and better quality. We expect to live on the boat year round in New England initially and do some coastal cruising up and down the East coast later. Any thoughts would be appropriate.

billblack8 12-10-2002 09:13 AM

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It depends on where you go around the world. To go around Cape Horn, I would recommend a minimum 40 foot deep draft fixed keel (no centerboard here. She will snap one like a twig. ) Cost of ownership varies. Before buying, enlist the services of a professional surveyor unless you are buying new. Get at least a year of sea time in to make sure you can handle it. The sea is littered with inexperienced wannabes who got in over their head.

flicker 12-10-2002 11:46 AM

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Don Street recommends getting a survey even on a new production boat.


svdragonseeker 12-26-2002 02:14 PM

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my nieghbor on the dock has just reduced the selling price of his Brewer 45 to 79k i think it is a good deal for someone looking for a strong comfortable crusing boat.
Bill [email protected]

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