Originally Posted by menzies
Plus what else is on your "needs to have" versus "want to have" list? And do you have a "do not want" list?
Ah heck why not. Here goes some more:
Want to haves:
500 gallons or better fuel
250 gallons or better fresh water
At least one autopilot
Tender up with boom or crane
Stand up engine room or close to it.
Minimal outside teak - I know, comes with the models and price point, but still...
Prefer propane stovetop
Extra heating beyond a standard reverse cycle AC arrangement would be nice. I will have to install if not.
Need to haves:
a w/d combo unit if not a full stack
Household size fridge/freezer space
Room somewhere inside or out for smallish chest freezer
Ability to fold mast or arch for air draft under 19’
Draft under 5’
Stabilization. I’m fine with paravanes.
A lot of storage for kids stuff beyond what a typical cruising couple might carry. A very roomy lazarette with a large hatch(es) would be fabulous.
Reasonable dining table arrangement for 4-6 people in salon. Any armchairs or overstuffed sofas will be going on Craigslist.
And though I’m willing to tackle some projects I don’t need a major structural or mechanical one if avoidable. Rather pay a previous owner to have done it. For example: no original iron tanks. On the other hand I’m willing to install all new nav electronics to my preference unless the boat already has fairly new ones. Ditto with canvas and eisenglass.