Originally Posted by retiring sailor
Excellent. I have been away for a few days taking delivery of my cat. I appreciate all that you have said. I have also continued to look diligently on yachtworld. Two questions that have arisen as a result of my search. What about Selene Yachts? And DeFever?
I've got a "thing" for the DeFever 49 raised pilothouse. If I really needed a bigger boat, I'd be looking for one. I was aboard a Selene 48 (I believe) at Trawler Fest, and that has very much the same appeal. The layout was beautiful. The cabinetry was finished front and back, even inside. Nice engine room too.
One boat I didn't mention to you with regard to your price range was the Leopard Powercat 47, or perhaps even the new 38. Both offer three staterooms, multiple head arrangements, and come from South Africa on their own bottoms, mostly via Tortola. There's no way you can deny the open space of the 47 with big, efficient hulls. The 38 is nothing like the previous 37, and it would be my own choice of cats right now. Efficiency is approaching that of the frugal PDQ designs, but much more space. You can charter them out of Moorings in Tortola. The fact that each of these boats come across on their own bottoms is a very powerful sales point.