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A tale of two boats
This probably should have gone into ''buying a boat'' or Gear & maint'' but it appears those two forums are porked (again).
Since the root question has to do with my cruising syle/plans I thought I''d post it here.
Anyway, I''m planning on dowing some singlhanded cruising the SE US/carrib for a year or two and then maybe who knows. Then again, everyone just starting out has the grand idea of circumnavigating, sailing to the South Pacific. Realistically I might just find that FLA/Carribean/SA, etc. is fine and stick around closer to the good ol USA. I plan to anchor out more than use the marina.
I''ve narrowed my search down to two 32'' boats, both made by the same manufacturer and rigged the same way. Both are within a couple thou of each other.
The difference is one is a ''harbor queen'' and the other a tried & true blue water sailor.
By that I mean:
Harbor queen - really set up for coastal cruising and shore power use (although it does have a good vane): Brand new diesel in ''03 (+ shaft, log, stuffing box, prop, etc), heavy duty electrical panel, AC/heat, reefer, stove/oven, 2 batts, ''average'' nav gear (mostly hand held). No roller furling, vang, boom stop. Nice full dodger, and canvas for everything. All working sails will need replacing and maybe standing/running rigging as well. Other than sails/rigging this boat is in ''bristol'' shape.
Blue water boat - has undertaken recent transatlantic voyages, etc. and it shows. It''s more a ''purist'' offshore config. I wouldn''t say it''s in Bristol shape as it looks like it may have been maintained on a budget and may have a couple deck leaks. However, pretty much everything ''important'' is new (''03). New bottom & awlgrip deck paint, running/standing rigging (incl turnbuckles/shackles, etc.), boom, chainplates, New Cape Horn vane, roller furling, 4 golfcart batts, engine has new starter (last rebuild unk), new C.A.R.D, stove is new but basic 2 burner LPG (no oven). Basic canvas dodger (no sail canvas). Included is 90w solar panel and all kinds of tools, charts, etc.
In other words the ''harbor queen'' is not as independent of marinas as the ''blue water'' but is in better condition overall. The blue water boat is fitted out more to the style of crusing I''m planning for (independent of marinas) and as mentioned, all rigging is new.
Off the top of my head I *think* it will cost more overall to repair the bluewater boat, bring it back into a more bristol shape, rebuild engine (for peace of mind reliability), etc. than make the harbor queen more independently ''seaworthy'' boat.