Considering a Mainship 34???
I'm in the process of selling my Ericson 38 sailboat. I have a two year old and just last week my Wife delivered twin boys. Given that I did very little sailing last season, I'm guessing that the next few years will be the same. Sailing for the fun of it, is not fun anymore. With one on board it was difficult, with three it will be impossible. So not wanting to give up on the water I would like to move to a "downeast" style or "fast" trawler type for the next few years.
That searching has brought me to the '80's Mainship 34's. They seem to have what I want. 10-12Kt cruise (with the higher HP engine) reasonable fuel burn, reasonable size, decent sea-keeping in the pseudo-downeast hull form, and accomodations for a night or two, interior driving station, etc.
My boating area is Narragansett Bay in RI with occasional trips to Cuttyhunk and Block Island. Most likely we will remain in the bay with trips less than 10 miles or so.
So is this a reasonable expectation for this boat? Obviously it won't be the most comfortable option with the Wife and I on a pull out in the salon, but we can deal with that. Seems like a lot of boat for the money.
Any problems I need to look out for? Better engine options? Better features, mk1 vs mk11 vs mk111?