In your neck of the world C&C 36 or 38 would be something to keep an eye out for. The keel/CB model would be great for poking around the ICW.
Also the CS 36, though that's 6'5" fin and the reason we walked away from a well kept honey that was on Ontario.
Thanks Delirious. We've seen quite a few C&C's for sale out this way, but we're not hugely sold on them due to the layout of accommodations below. I think a must have is a two cabin design, the more the wife and I look at it, and on C&C's, there is no aft cabin, just an open quarter birth, if I'm not mistaken.
At $20k I'd look at the Tartan 33 in Halifax. Even just to get a feeling for the difference in size between that and your Tanzer. Then look at a few around 36 & 40, even if the draft is too deep or whatever. Then talk yourself back down from 40 if you can. Really consider if you need that 3rd aft cabin or if it's something else in those layouts that you want.
Christina, I'm definitely with you here. The more my wife and I think about it, the less I think we would need a third aft cabin. I'm very much for a smaller boat for a plethora of reasons. (Cost, ease of handling, to list a few.)
On our Cape Breton trip, we convoyed with friends who have a Hunter 37, and they graciously shared their boat with us while at anchor, allowing us to maintain our sanity. We know that we need more space than we have presently, but I'm not sure a traditionally designed 34' boat would have enough? As for non-traditional, there's a reason the Tanzer 10.5 is on the list. At about 34' in length, the layout is amazing. Quasi-center cockpit, pilothouse boat with an aft cabin, and bunk beds forward. It's the smallest boat I've seen that looks like it could meet our needs. (and as an added bonus, it's not even ugly, IMO!)
She's definitely a beautiful boat! But at only one dedicated birth (not even a quarterbirth onboard!) it won't pass the wife test!
Not to burst your bubble but you might want to hold off on your upgrade until you see how well you deal with having an older child aboard and how well your son takes to sailing as he gets older before jumping into the $100K boat.
I don't disagree! Don't worry, no bubbles burst. I suppose I should've put a time frame on here. We likely will not purchase a larger boat for the next two or three years. The purpose of this endeavor is to set some goalposts by picking the boat that will suit us. Then we can keep our eyes open for a good deal, maybe find an owner to chat with or go sailing with, and learn as much as we can, before taking the plunge. As for laundry for little ones, you might appreciate the attached photo! We used cloth diapers for about half the trip, till the weather no longer cooperated. The port side lifeline is covered with them!
I know some will disagree, but my preference is to own the boat that meets my needs on the 0-5 year time horizon and not to buy something for a “maybe someday” kind of plan.
...I must say the boat I'd want for the ICW is a much different boat than I'd want to take to Australia. You need to list and prioritize the weekend vs. weeks long w/stops vs. passage-making needs of you and THEN find the sailboat that fits.
I agree! It would be *nice* to get something tough and renowned for ocean crossing ability, but that is not in the 0-5 year plan (even if the purchase date is 3 years from now, we won't be crossing any oceans in those first five years we have with the boat.) I would not rule out a boat because it would not be desirable to take to Australia. We've got a lot of baby steps between now and that hypothetical trip!
Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
You seem to have priorities that conflict or at least make it difficult to find one boat that works. If you really want decent performance then something like a J37c makes sense (5' draft). They are much more expensive than many of the boats on your list, but well under $100k.
I think I could clarify by saying I don't want a boat that will not sail upwind, or in other words, I want something that will point as high as my Tanzer 8.5 or my old Tanzer 22. (I really should branch out here, too much tanzer experience...)
I do think three cabins is kind of pushing it even in a 40 footer. I would rather have something with a big aft cabin than two small aft cabins. Would rather throw the kids in a V-birth and sleep in an "owners aft." But if you really want three cabins look for a boat out of charter, as they tend to have lots of cabins. I have seen some nice Beneteau First series with two aft cabins. Jeanneau makes some really nice boats with separate aft cabins.
I think we found a Jenneau or two which looked good with regards to layout, but they seem less common on the east coast...
Thanks everyone for all the comments and suggestions. They've been very helpful so far!