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Old 05-16-2006, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default Looking for advice on boat for cruising/diving

Hello all,

I've read through all of the very helpful tips here on the cruiser sailing forums, and was hoping to get some specific buying advice if possible?

I have a budget of 50-75k u.s., and would like to buy a boat that would be good for weekend trips along the Pacific Northwest, specifically for diving, AND would also be good for cruising the world a couple of years down the road. Having easy access from the rear of the boat would be great for diving, but I don't want a racer, and this seems to be the only sort of boat I see rear entry available on. If there's some sort of strap-on contraption that would work as a dive platform on a regular hull, I'd love to know about it!

I'm looking for a 26-32 footer. Something small and low maintenance, safe, fun to sail, good for 1-3 people? Interior space and speed are not as important to me as other factors... I should also add that I'm set on a single hull boat.

I'm also not looking for a fixer-upper or a 30 year old boat, as age worries me.

Is this list of wants at all possible?

I appreciate any help. Specific boat suggestions would be great if possible, as opposed to "there are hundreds of boats in your range"

Much appreciated in advance,

Dave
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An offshore boat won't generally have a big open space on the rear where crew can slide out the back...

Put the dingy in the water, dive from that.

A Freedom 40 may be a good boat for you (not the 40/40). Easy enough to single-hand, roomy enough for 3-4 people. Great cruising boat that is NOT slow at all. I'm partial to the center-cockpit model.

Also the Searunner 37 Trimaran. Though I know you're set on a single hull, these are worth checking out. Amazing safety record, plenty of speed, great layout, also easily single-handed.

On the smaller end of the Spectrum- the Watkins 32 / Watkins 33 (same boat, it's actually 32'6" and they couldn't decide what to call it) is high on my list for single-handed cruiser with room for occasional guests.

For cruising- look for a real sea berth (not the V-berth) on each side of the boat. You'll want to be in the lee-ward berth while cruising. Around mid-point and aft is best. On Multihulls this doesn't really matter as they barely heel.
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