Its so funny reading these threads (and there are several per week). You are trying to buy a boat I would never go to sea in saying that its a 'blue water boat' and the boats I do go to sea in you dont think are safe.So if I bought a cruiser down there, it might not be robust enough for the passage (for my liking)
The Caribbean IS offshore!!!!!!!!!! All the boats that are there have arrived from long ocean passages!a lot of boats I have seen for sale that are IN the caribbean I would be very reluctant to take offshore.
Best advice yet, THANKS!OK with 1 year available DO NOT BUY IN THE USA. You will have a miserable time beating up wind and up current to get to the good bits only to have to turn around and rush back.
Buy in the good bits [St Maarten down to Trinidad] and ENJOY THE EASY DOWNWIND SAIL back to the USA,
Something like this CLICKY
OR THIS http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listing/boatMergedDetails.jsp?boat_id=2247561&ybw=&units=Feet¤cy=USD&access=Public&listing_id=74603&url=
The Bene will be easier to sell in the US I guess. But I might go for the older bigger boat with your family.
Anyway make the decision to go, everything else is just logistics.
That seems like a ton of boat for the money.
25,000 hours I've been told by Yanmar mechanics.The engine hours on that 13 yr old Beneteau are impressive. Does anyone have a good estimate of the number of hours you can expect out of the Yanmar?
Sistership of the Womboat Raven!!I don't have any experience with steel boats or Van de Stadt designs, but this is an interesting and affordable cruising boat lying in Grenada, which would give you a nice run up through the islands.
That equates to around 180,000 miles on a car. We got 250,000 out of our previous minivan and it was far from religiously maintained. 10,000 hours should be fairly easy with proper maintenance.The engine hours on that 13 yr old Beneteau are impressive. Does anyone have a good estimate of the number of hours you can expect out of the Yanmar?