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  1. #1
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    Default Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    We bought a new yacht last year, my toy for sure but wed enjoyed lots of sailing holidays. The reality now dawns is after that my lovely wife loves the whole boating thing but hates actually sailing so were thinking of swapping to power.

    Question is, what. Will have to be used I cant afford a new one that meets my needs. About 40-45. Budget is max 200k. Coastal UK and cross channel usage. Space and comfort for two, outdoor lounging space, plus occasional guests the priority. Probably not full displacement so a semi D maybe like the Elling E3.

    Ideas and commiserations welcome, thank you.
    Graham. Bavaria 42 Vision, "Scala" for sale.

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    E3 is a fine choice but its all about the downstairs living....e4 a little better.
    What about this from the leftfield:
    https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/200...g#.W2HvaqTTXDs

    Our a nice trader 42 could be good....

    All imho of course.

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    As an ex owner of a Trader 42 I can confirm that it is a great boat for a couple. The aft cabin is enormous and unlike the Elling the saloon is high in the boat with great outside views. Super sea boat that will not let you down. Cummins engines are reliable and efficient and all will have most of the add ons that many others regard as optional extras. Might be a bit of a step to find one advertised within your budget but real selling prices are a different matter.

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    Quote Originally Posted by IDAMAY View Post
    As an ex owner of a Trader 42 I can confirm that it is a great boat for a couple. The aft cabin is enormous and unlike the Elling the saloon is high in the boat with great outside views. Super sea boat that will not let you down. Cummins engines are reliable and efficient and all will have most of the add ons that many others regard as optional extras. Might be a bit of a step to find one advertised within your budget but real selling prices are a different matter.
    I was thinking of Ocean Star in my response Richard. Lovely couple boat as you say and built very well I believe....

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    Graham,

    I would take your Bavaria back to the dealer and see what he can do as a trade against a power boat probably from Bavaria that they will have on their books as a stock boat. Last year we went from sail to power and now have a Bavaria 37 HT that we love.

    Truth tell my wife stuck out sailing for me, but finally said enough is enough.

    With Southampton and Cannes boat shows just around the corner, someone will be doing a deal/trade.
    Last edited by mcanderson; 01-08-18 at 18:23.

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    I d pin down why she hates sailing...is a pretty slow mobo much of an improvement? Main point IMHO of a POWER boat is that you don't spend hours and hours in a small space at sea,but get to your destination, and enjoy.
    Not for all I know, but given your situation I think I would like to be a bit more sure,second purchase!
    Solent to Yarmouth in a slow boat... a few hours.. Solent to CIs in a fast boat... a few hours....not sure what your wife is looking for !

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    how far do you typically want to go annually (mileage), how fast do you want to get there?
    how long is Mrs Scala happy out at sea and staying on board?

    If it was up to me I would buy a 50' Halberg Rassey and be halfway to Hawaii by now.
    Mrs A is happy for @ 3 - 4 hours cruising as long as the shops are open when we arrive, and no more than 4 nights in a row aboard.
    I keep mentioning Fleming but its not happening, despite red soled shoes- any suggestions short of divorce?
    Last edited by kashurst; 01-08-18 at 19:36.

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    Quote Originally Posted by gjgm View Post
    I d pin down why she hates sailing...is a pretty slow mobo much of an improvement? Main point IMHO of a POWER boat is that you don't spend hours and hours in a small space at sea,but get to your destination, and enjoy.
    Not for all I know, but given your situation I think I would like to be a bit more sure,second purchase!
    Solent to Yarmouth in a slow boat... a few hours.. Solent to CIs in a fast boat... a few hours....not sure what your wife is looking for !
    +1

    Also depends on your cruising area. A mobo underway in any kind of sea is gives nowhere near as comfy a ride as a yacht under sail. She might suffer a degree of sea sickness below in a mobo rolling and pitching on all three axis instead of the stability canvas gives to the gentler motion of a yacht. Not a problem for mobo in very settled weather but a in one way a yacht gives a much wider weather window for passage making and refuelling obviously less of an issue (i.e. there will be conditions you'd be happy to make a passage under sail that you might not wish to undertake on a mobo). If you do go mobo you need on occasion to be able to cruise on the plane to make the passage motion more comfy for pax
    Ocean Froggie

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    Interestingly SWMBO bucks the trend on here. Having sold our mobo last year and having done a bit of sailing on charters over the years she is really quite keen on a yacht.... in the Med. Actually wants to do more on passage and thinks that a mobo is getting a bit boring despite shorter passage times. She actually enjoys sailing!

    That said, this is probably something down the road when we retire and can spend time in the Med so in the meantime we have, today, agreed a deal on a sports cruiser!

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    Default Re: Wife loves boats but hates sailing

    're passage making..I am not sure it doesn't even out...a mobo can wait for suitable conditions as the passage takes less time and a yacht is rather more stuck with it.
    A faster mobo also opens your options more in one way...You can be in the West county in some hours for example.
    Personally, coastal passages are ok, open sea is deadly dull IMHO..15 hours of that to get anywhere?Not for me!

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