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A couple buddies and myself are taking off for a 4 month sailing cruise around the caribbean and are currently shopping for a boat. The 3 of us have never cruised before and have no way of knowing if a 2 cabin boat would suffice or drive us mad. I''m hoping to get advice from experienced cruisers who could provide valuable insight. At this time we''ve got about $100,000 to spend and are finding nice 37'' mid 90''s, 2 cabin production boats such as the Hunter 375. On the other hand we''re finding larger (40''), yet perviously chartered, mid 90''s 3 cabin production boats such as the Beneteau 400/405. This poses two questions:

1) Is it reasonable to believe that three guys (who have roomed together for some time) could fare well on a 2 cabin boat for 4 months. And,

2) Is it worth the sacrifice to buy a smaller boat, knowing it hasn''t been abused in charter and would possibly hold a better resale value.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!!!

Rob
 

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My advice is 3 guys = 3 cabins. The advantage of a 3-cabin boat is if you don''t use the 3rd cabin for sleeping it can be converted for storage.

I happen to know of a 1994 beneteau 400/405 that is in mint shape with considerable upgrades and extras, including new sails, multistage battery charging, new steering system, feathering propeller and new running rigging and hardware, and more. Owner is firm at $128,900 but will work with you and help you set the boat up for extended cruising.

It is located in Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVI. By the way - not all ex-charter boats have been abused and many have been better maintained than privately owned yachts I''ve seen. Check the reponses by many people who have chartered boats from the premiere charter companies and the comments they make that many of the boats they chartered were in excellent condition.

If interested, contact me at [email protected]

Captain Ron
 
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