Posted the following on Scuttlebutt, but posting here too to get any feedback from the readers here.
We've decided to sell our current motorboat and buy a sail boat. We know pretty much nothing about the saily bits, other than they don't need diesel to make them push the boat along We've had a look around and a good think and decided on what we "think" we want/don't want and concluded that a motor sailor or pilothouse yacht fits our requirements.
So far, we've only really looked online. Looked at Colvic Watsons, Colvic Victors, Fishers, Nauticats, Jeanneau Espaces, Moody Eclipses and a few other odd ones. A close look has weeded several out for one reason or another and we seem to be left with the Colvic Victor 40, Jeanneau Espace and possibly the Moody Eclipse.
We are UK based and like to use the boat all year round, to some extent, currently East Coast based, but a move the the South Coast (Dover/Ramsgate area) wouldn't be ruled out in a year or so. Our requirements are :
Able to helm from inside or out.
Pilothouse/wheelhouse design to avoid the "cave" as much as possible.
A powerful enough engine to sensibly motor.
Possible to be sailed by couple in their 50's.
We like the odd days fishing, so would need to be able to either motor sensibly, or sail in light winds and sit at anchor nicely.
My current thought are that the Colvic Victor 40 looks good value and seems to fit the above, provided the typical 60HP engine is big enough to push the boat at something like hull speed.
The Jeanneau Espace also looks to tick all the boxes and also being typically fitted with 50/60HP engines, should be powerful enough ?
The Moody Eclipse 33 is a touch smaller than i had in mind, but looks a nice boat. I'm a bit put of by the small engines that seem to be fitted to these, circa 30HP.
Any feedback on the above three would be appreciated, as would any suggestions of others to look at. We're looking for something around 35-40 feet, with a budget of £50k-£60k