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  1. #1
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    Hi all,

    If you had a budget of 45 to 70K €, and needed to buy a boat to spend 6 months sailing in the med with a familly of 4. What would you buy? What year?

    And if you were sailing in the caribbean? would your answer be different?

    Thanks

    G

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    Default Re: if you had 50-80K...

    An ex-charter Bavaria. Same for Caribbean.

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    Beneteau 411 or Jeanneau, Bavaria equivalent depending on best boat on offer. Fine for Med or Carrib. Not 1st choice for an Atlantic crossing but perfectly capable of it.
    I'd rather be tethered to a pad eye than tethered to an iPad.

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    I'd buy two boats. one for me and the wife and a leaky one for the kids.
    If voting changed anything, they wouldn't let you do it.

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    I would buy exactly what I have now, a Jeanneau 45.2. Mine is 1998, and they were made up to about 2002. Very good internal space in a traditional hull shape, with a strong masthead rig. It sails well despite having less sail area than some other 45 foot boats.
    Working on immortality - One day at a time.

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    Default Re: if you had 50-80K...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobc View Post
    An ex-charter Bavaria. Same for Caribbean.
    +1.
    But it depends on the charter company.
    Some look after their fleet very well, many dont.
    If you are thinking of the Ionian, PM me, and I can offer some suggestions.

    Find a Brit agent to handle the tax and registration.
    Centaur CR1826.
    The ONE thing I know about sailing: there is always more to learn...

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    Default Re: if you had 50-80K...

    Quote Originally Posted by gerry1 View Post
    If you had a budget of 45 to 70K €...
    G
    ... I would look at boats costing 70-100K and wish I had a bigger budget. Why do I do that with everything? If I did have a budget of 45 to 70K then what I should do is tell myself I have a budget of 30-45K, then I would be able to make myself really happy by buying a 60K boat.

    Sorry, not a helpful answer in any way but sometimes it's useful to laugh at one's own fallibilities.

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    Default Re: if you had 50-80K...

    Quote Originally Posted by gerry1 View Post
    Hi all,

    If you had a budget of 45 to 70K €, and needed to buy a boat to spend 6 months sailing in the med with a familly of 4. What would you buy? What year?

    And if you were sailing in the caribbean? would your answer be different?

    Thanks

    G
    In my experience in the Caribbean there is always a good wind and you sail everywhere. Spend most of the time anchoring and using the dinghy. Need a well built boat of the Moody, Westerly, Halburg Rassy etc etc.
    I have had ten years on and off in the Mediterranean spend lots of time motoring, there is little wind and spend lots of time in marinas. You need lightweight boat with good stern access like a Jenneau or Benneateau or even a Bavaria.

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    Default Re: if you had 50-80K...

    What you don't want:-

    Teak decks
    Centre cockpit
    Lots of big windows
    Something heavy that takes a lot of pushing along
    Something that doesn't have a deck shower
    Something that's not easy to get on/off the transom of (either to a dinghy or a quayside)
    Something that's not easy to get off the bow of onto a quayside
    Something that has a weird engine that you can't get spares for easily
    Something that has a cockpit which is not comfortable to lounge in
    Something that does not have a bimini

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