Originally Posted by jacks88
These forums are great places to get opinions about all kinds of things. I appreciate the time people take to contribute to them. Thanks.
My reason for being here is simple, the wife and I thought we wanted a sailing catamaran, but haven't found the perfect vessel yet. The longer it takes, the more we start to consider other types of vessels. In addition, the more we struggle to find a vessel, the more we refine our mission and our likes/dislikes.
To that end (and I really hate to do this, but I've been reading the threads I think are pertinent), HELP!
Mission: coastal cruising along the East Coast and Gulf Coast, winter pilgrimages to warmer climates such as Bahamas and Antilles, Great Loop, possibly some navigable river cruising.
Just the two of us, relatively healthy, not in any hurry (ie. retired), no pets.
Must haves: queen size or larger bed, separate shower, great outdoor living space, great visibility from within the main living area.
Prefer: multiple heads, off the grid living.
We don't require a fancy galley, we typically don't cook much and when we do the meals aren't very complex. We either eat simply or dine out.
Some things should go without saying. . . safety, reliability, and resale value are all important. We're likely to give this a go for at least 5 years.
No experience on larger vessels, just the typical lake and bay fishing boats with outboard or smaller inboard/outboard singles.
As one current member's signature states "I'd rather be comfortable than dignified."
You can buy a lot of boat for 200K. I just went through your situation about a year and half ago. May I suggets the following:
1. You and the Admiral create a dream boat list. This list will have the "must haves" and the "Nice to have, but not a deal breaker." For example with us if the boat had teak decking or no cockpit, it was a deal breaker.
2. Take your list and start living (opps exploring) Yacht world (http://www.yachtworld.com/
). Start visiting some of the boats so you and the Admiral can get an idea of what you like and how it compares to your list.
3. Go to boat shows and walk the used boat section and mabe the new.
4. Do good research! Very important here. Don't let your heart rule the day when you get ready to buy. Make sure you get engine and hull surveys.
There are a lot more, but the above will get you started.
Good luck and welcome!