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What would you buy?

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As was pointed out several times the production boat discussion was fundamentally flawed since there was no consideration of cost in it. Not many people are in the position of choosing between an Oyster, even a used one, and a Hunter (new or old). Instead you have $xxx and have to decide what is the best way to spend this amount if you want to head off cruising. Starting from this assumption, and assuming that you wanted to head off sailing for a number of years, and wanted to be able to cross an ocean or two, but had no ambitions to challenge the Roaring Forties, what you buy with each of these budgets. The suggested amounts are to buy the boat and get it ready for the task mentioned. Assume that you have the monthly income to keep your boat in the manner required (i.e. ignore the ongoing costs of ownership, that is a different discussion).

Less than $15,000 - ??

$50,000 to $70,000 range - ??

$100,000 to $130,000 range - ??

$200,000 to $250,000 range -??

$700,000 + range - ??

I will save my responses until I think about them some more.
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Less than $15,000 - ?? I think the conventional answer here might be a Vega, but I think there may be comparable boats that are cheaper. Would be some boat from the late 70s to late 80s.

$50,000 to $70,000 range - ??Perhaps a CS 36T or Wauquiez Pretorien from the 80s.

$100,000 to $130,000 range - ?? Entirely pleased with our Bristol 45.5.

$200,000 to $250,000 range -?? Here is where it gets interesting. I think I might go for the best Amel I could find in this price range, but June would like a catamaran and we might be able to get one in this price range that would do. Don't know cats well enough to suggest a model.

$700,000 + range - ?? Would be a nice problem to have. Could go with a new Amel but it would be nice to see what kind of new cat you could get for this much money. Might also want to sit down with a designer like Bob and have a boat designed. Probably something around 45 to 48 feet.
I reserve the right to select differently if I think of a different boat. ;)
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