So me and the GF were talking the other night about where/what our cruising plans are for the next few years. We currently live on a Pretorien 35, and have sailed from the states to NZ over the past few years and are in NZ working refilling the cruising kitty. We LOVE out current boat, and don't really mind the size when cruising, but life at the dock is a little bit tight.
So the obvious answer is to stop working and go back out cruising, which we plan to do after the year, but it also got me thinking about other boats to consider that are reasonable in price that could possibly work for us. We plan to continue cruising, and are debating about long term living on the boat. I also come from a racing background, so I would want something similar in performance potential to what I have now if not faster (same speed for size ratio) but the GF still likes a more classical teak interior.
i am thinking we are looking for something under $125k for the boat, unless it is well speccd and ready to go where that may go up a bit. The boat would still need to be managable offshore single handed as we cruise just the two of us.
The only thing I have seen from some casual yachtworld glances are a Jeanneau SO 45.1. That is slightly bigger than ideal, but seems to have a decent layout, hull looks like it would work up and down wind (furling main withstanding) and I think the construction is good enough. My GF loves the interior of the liberty 458, though I am not sure about the performance on that.
I am looking for something that optimizes cabin layout for 2 people. On the Pretorien, the aft cabin is basically a garage for our toys, extra gear etc, so we can't really have anyone stay over without instantly converting to camping. I see a lot of layouts that have a master cabin either forward or aft (don't really care) with the second cabin int he alternate posisiton, but also has good sea births somewhere else, sometimes in a third cabin. That would be great since I play the guitar and wouldn't mind locking myself in the third cabin to play while not annoying the partner too much!
Any other production boats to look at? or maybe cool semi-production boats that can be found for a reasonable amount of money?