|The beautiful Tayana 42 we looked at.|
I learned that the length of the beam (width of the boat) is as important in determining size as the length. For instance we looked at a 47' boat that was fairly narrow, and seemed much smaller inside than a "beamy" 38' Island Packet! Also, I love it when the companion way does not deposit you right into the galley! It makes the kitchen seem much more usable.
A few of the other things that we find important:
- decent sized cockpit with shade
- cockpit that won't hold water, or dump water into the cabin
- two staterooms (or two quarter berths with privacy for the girls and a stateroom for us)
- good sized water and fuel tanks
- u-shaped galley
We have been discussing at great length if it makes sense to finance the boat. On one hand we don't want to be tied to a mortgage and never get off of the dock, but the other side is that we could put a lot of money into housing while waiting to have enough money to buy an appropriate boat.
Jacob came up with a pretty cool spreadsheet that really helped us see all the possible scenarios. We plugged in our downpayment amount, boat prices, live aboard expenses (from The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat) and the spreadsheet spits out how long it will take us to get cruising. Looking at it has made us realize we really don't want to buy more than a $75K boat, because we are really hoping to be cruising within a few years!
Jacob has been posting individually about all of the boats we have been looking at:
Gulfstar 40 Walkover
Island Packet 38
Tayana Vancouver 42
|On the dock in Merritt Island.|
|Our boat shopping helpers, GranMiri and Papa.|
|The Island Packet 38.|
|The galley in the Island Packet|
|photo by Audrey|
|On the docks in Ft. Pierce.|
|The bow of the Ericson 36.|