Beginning the search for a boat:
After living aboard for 10 years, and circumnavigating, I’ve found everyone asks me what boat to buy, and what should they look for? Monohull or catamaran? Fiberglass, aluminum, steel or ferro cement hull? How big of a boat do I need? How big of a boat can I handle?
I’ll be doing an in depth multi chapter section on buying boats, but people can start looking & dreaming about a new (or new to you) boat by looking at some of the most popular sailboats that people choose to cruise on or live aboard. I recommend that you take a look at boats from all of the builders listed below before you even begin narrowing down your decision to a specific boat.
A great place to start a search is by seeing what’s most popular among other sailors with experience. Consider what makes those boats popular and make a list of what you’re looking for in a boat. Make a list of specific features that you like and the things you don’t like down to the smallest details.
I’ve compiled a short list of some of the most popular cruising sailboats that you should take a look at when you start your search for a boat, simply because they are some of the most popular, widely available sailboats built by boatyards with solid reputations.
- Island Packet
- Hallberg Rassy