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  1. #1
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    Default Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Well, I've posted about this topic a few times and it's not decided yet, but after a long chat tonight the decision is coming closer.

    Assuming we go ahead, here's my dilemma.... accommodation and space below is important, we want something big enough to use as an apartment, but I'm getting very nervous about spending all my money plus some, and buying a 50-odd footer as a starter mobo. Ideally we've got about 180k max to throw at this. Example, Targa 48/52, Camargue 50, Princess V52. Boats like this would I'm sure meet the brief for both accommodation and the smoother/stable ride and seakeeping in the max F4/5 that we'd choose to go out in. Concerns are handling, parking, costs, and reliability (as we could only afford a boat at this size, about 17-20 years old).

    One transition option would be to go for something that's much smaller internally than we'd ideally want but which is newer, cheaper to buy and run and which we can use to learn on, and sell on in a couple of seasons. Hence, maybe, a more sensible decision. Examples might be Targa 39/42, Princess V42, Sealine S38. Or, newer examples of coupe /HT style boats from Ben/Jen/Bav etc.

    Is this a bad idea... advantages seem to be that it's a smaller boat for less money and lighter, more forgiving of a mistake, easier to handle, less to go wrong, easier to park, cheaper to berth and insure, uses (much) less fuel, less depreciation. I'd be concerned that the ride/security/stability that my wife finds very important might be missing in a smaller boat.

    Comments welcome.
    Graham. Bavaria 42 Vision, "Scala" for sale.

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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Try looking at Brooms they are big inside with a decent aft cabin.
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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Quote Originally Posted by Montemar View Post
    Try looking at Brooms they are big inside with a decent aft cabin.
    Friends of ours always bought middle-aged Brooms and they seemed to get a lot of boat for their money. Not fast, but comfortable and spacious.

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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Yes broom a good call as you don’t like flybridges.
    The size won’t hurt you in terms of learning - a 50 is as easy to handle as a 40, in some ways easier.
    But costs don’t go up proportionally to length, more like to weight and a 50 costs loads more than a 40 to run, approaching double I’d say. .
    If you can find a shaft drive S43 that might be an option. 2 heads and quite specious.

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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    How about the Swift Trawler?. Seems a good step from a sailing boat

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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Quote Originally Posted by colhel View Post
    How about the Swift Trawler?. Seems a good step from a sailing boat
    Very wise advice - you really should check these out first! ….
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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher 5 View Post
    Very wise advice - you really should check these out first! ….
    Except the op doesn’t like FB boats
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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Quote Originally Posted by Whitelighter View Post
    Except the op doesn’t like FB boats
    Well it's more that my lovely wife doesn't like them.

    We've actually been to see a Swift Trawler, (last year when this first blew up), it's a lot of space for the money but it didn't score so well on the 'walk up to it' test ie appearance.

    Might be attracted to the coupe style with patio doors (or whatever you might want to call them)... In fact for UK boating makes more sense than an open sports cruiser. Wonder if there are any that have the galley and saloon / seating area up at cockpit level, and only sleeping accommodation and bathroom(s) below?
    Graham. Bavaria 42 Vision, "Scala" for sale.

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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Also consider S48 if stability / wave squashing ability is a priority.
    This one is under offer, but they do appear every now and again.
    TAMD74Ps on shafts, 13,000kg.

    https://www.boatshop24.co.uk/offshor...ine-s48/339204



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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Thanks, that's a lot of boat too.... This thread is about trying to find a smaller boat (maybe around 36-40') as an entry to the world of mobos that offers at least some of the things we want.
    Graham. Bavaria 42 Vision, "Scala" for sale.

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