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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. "Scala" now sold. Boatless.

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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.
    Broom owners club..... www.broomowners.com

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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

    Iím pretty sure Iíve said this before, but just in case...

    Go and have a chat with clipper about a Bav sport 36 or 40. Our 37 Sport HT is great for us. Fits on a 12m berth, two good cabins, aircon, gen and most importantly space! Your budget will be tight, but there are some out there.

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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Hi mcanderson, yes you did indeed, and I plan to do that. When I was getting sucked into the appeal of ever-bigger (and older) boats I'd kinda moved on but now I can see that something like this might work. How do you find your boat handles less-than-ideal conditions (say F5 choppy waters?)
    Graham. "Scala" now sold. Boatless.

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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Graham,

    Happy to discuss all things, but it will be easier by phone. PM me your number.

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    Default Re: Sail to power: coming to our senses

    Quote Originally Posted by mcanderson View Post
    Graham,

    Happy to discuss all things, but it will be easier by phone. PM me your number.
    OK thanks will do
    Graham. "Scala" now sold. Boatless.

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