I've recently joined your group after following the site for several months. Your willingness to share information and keep things above board has drawn me in.
My daughter has rekindled my love for boats, particularly yachting, and this has (for about 2 years now) made me deeply consider the transition to a liveaboard cruiser. To cut a long story short, I'm looking to make the transition within the next 18 months.
I love the lines of the older yachts (who doesn't) and their build quality has been shown by the test of time, however, all of these older boats come with a definite lack of accomodation and usually incur only single bunks after the master cabin. I have a few married friends whom I would like to take on overnight trips so they too can get an appreciation for the cruising lifestyle. (They have expressed a willingness to get involved)
So guys and gals, I'm looking for your wealth of knowledge on the thoughts expressed here. Can I find a cruising yacht here in Australia (Gold Coast region), that has at least 3 double cabins in the 40 - 42 foot class that is also suitable for single handing in the classic class OR, will I have to consider the production vessels like Catalina & Hunter to obtain what I want.
The budget upto Aus $200,000
Please feel free to express your thoughts.
Happy sailing to all