Man, it's been a loooooong time since I've posted on SA.
So here's the gig .......... Sport boat guy at heart, no doubt and nothing really even compares.........buuuuuuut, the dynamics have changed for me. Simply put.......I had the "brilliant" idea of leaving my coushy job and starting my own business 7 years ago......at the time, the wifey had three small kids slinging from one arm and a mortgage bill glued constantly to the other. Again, "brilliant". Some people buy exotic toys when they turn 40....... I spent my shit on a manufacturing facility and on supporting the fam damily for the first 2 years (fondly refered to as our "lean" years).
Needless to say, I sold the Mumm during that initial 2 yr period.......ya know, bein' responsible and shit. I Spent the last 5 years having sex with the centerboard trunk on my bud's Lightning. To say I'm itchin' to jump back into the game would be an understatement.......think poision oak type scratch.
The problemo........Now that we've been a bit successful, grew the business, and made some scratch back......there's a little room in the budget to appease the need. BUT, since the wife never set foot on the Mumm (spending those years barefoot and breastfeeding while I was playing), I've only got a green light for something the fam can enjoy and light cruise with (read: I don't want a divorce).
Seriously though, the ankle biters have grown and it's a perfect time to expand their sailing horizons from the Opti's and 420's. But what to get in the 35 ft range with a budget of about $55 - $ 70k !!?? In all honesty, this is probably a 5 year gig before getting back into the sport boat game........but I don't want to sacrifice now and would like something that's somewhat fun, stable for the kids, hopefully has a OD fleet, and the ability to cruise up to Newport and Block with the fam. Folks, we're not talking trans-atlantic........just basic gunkholing in the sound and New England.
I know they take a lotta shit ,but it really does lead to one boat, no? .....ahem..... the J-105 (which has a great fleet in our area(s)). Is there anything else anyone can recommend.....or a boat I'm not seeing that can fit the bill?
Another option would be to buy an older, cruisier boat for under $20k to hang on the mooring and get a J-70 for the racing fix.