New to the forum, looking to take the plunge soon. Endless boat searching currently
I am a life long sailor, but am getting the bug to do the Great Loop in the next 5 years or so. I live in the Annapolis, MD area and have endless cruising opportunities after the loop to enjoy the Chesapeake specifically and the East Coast more generally.
My biggest issue to trying to find a model boat that is within my price range while still acceptable to my bride. She is not interested in a project boat or a boat that has a dated interior, that has had me looking in the early 2000s for models. Example: She loves Helmsman (43/44?) and Sabre Salon Express 48 neither of those are in our budget. (Our friend has the Sabre 48, his depreciation from buying new to trying to sell now after 4 years is more than my budget for a boat lol).
Currently it seems like the Mainship 40 fits the bill, she also likes the Beneteau Swift Trawler.
I am specifically looking engine information for those models (Yanmar vs. Cat vs. Cummings) and I am sure there are tons of opinions but would love some first hand experiences from folks with knowledge of Mainship or the Swift Trawler lines. I personally have been impressed with the Bayliner 40+ foot boats as well, but need to find an example of one in good condition to show her to see if she likes the layout.