I've got the RYA Day Skipper certs but I've virtually no other experience and haven't stepped on a boat for about 3 years.
Nice to know when I do get round to sorting boat/mooring (that magnum trimaran will be mine) I'll be perfectly proficient.
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A bit off the wall but what about a Maurice Griffiths Eventide. The example below looks good for £4.5k - with new inboard 2009. Ticks all your boxes.
Nothing against a porta potti - but it will need to be carried ashore to an emptying point every few days. I wouldn't risk trying to pour it over the side, even far out to sea.
Originally Posted by Seajet
There's no great problem with sea toilets on a drying anchorage, just take a bucket of sea water aboard before the tide departs. You can choose to flush thro (not pleasant on a hot day with several hours before the tide returns) or to hold in the water until the tide returns. With the seat closed there is little smell. If dried out on sand, you could flush thro & then bury any solids, flushing with a little fresh sea water from your bucket. Obviously one needs to be sensible if on a popular beach, but I like the quiet deserted spots anyway.
Thanks and keep them coming
Thanks for all your recommendations I have added a list in the first post and I am going to start researching them all at the weekend. I will update the list with my findings and thoughts.
I am not sure if its a function of the small(ish) size of these boats but from the pictures I have seen so far many of them look very attractive which I was not expecting.
I would suggest that a starting point would be to visit any marinas or places selling boats in your area, have a look at what is available in your price range, pick the best2 or 3 from them(by best I mean the ones that appeal to you most for whatever reason) then ask on here for any experience of them. If you focus on one particular model then they may be few and far between, or the cost of delivery to your mooring may be high.
I spent many years with a lightweight 1/4 tonner. Much of the sailing time was spent holding her back as she tried to leapfrog the waves whenever heading even slightly windward.
I found that passage times were often slower than friends with Centaurs because the Centaurs could bully their way through the local short chop without the need to slow down.
Also I was very impressed by the amount of Fiberglass wasted during their construction. Try standing on any Fiberglass part and jumping up and down. The only weaknesses I am aware of is that:
- Some models were a little undernourished about the keel roots. Easily fixed, but this only seemed to reveal itself when they were permanently moored in tidal and I suspect probably very exposed locations.
- Early ones had leaky windows
- You cannot see out of the saloon windows when seated in a B layout unless you are seven feet tall.
Of course I eventually succumbed and bought one, a decision with which I am thoroughly satisfied.
I can think of no similarly small boat that would make me feel as safe as a Centaur had I made a poor weather decision, other than their stablemates (W25, Chieftain, etc.) This means that I am happy to set off on fairly long passages with the kids onboard, offsetting the unreliability of forecasts against the inherent seaworthiness of the boat. I am sure that any Centaur owner on the forum would be glad to show you their boat's capabilities...