July 2012 we sold our beautiful Ranger 28. Now, we are on the look out for a new boat, one that will take us around the world. We currently live in Zuleta, in a small house in the Northern Andes of Ecuador. We have been here since December 2011, getting our economic situation ready for our circumnavigation. As of now, the plan is to buy our next boat after our wedding on August 2013 and move aboard between then and December.
We have always enjoyed researching sailboats and that is exactly what we have been doing since we decided we will attempt to go around this earth by sail. Below, you will find our favorite picks. We have found a lot of the models we like through Blue Water Boats, so you’ll see that site often below.
What we are looking for:
(If you are a sailor looking to sell your boat and have any of the models below or a boat that fits our specification, shoot us an email and we will certainly consider your boat as our next home).
Our next boat has to be a blue water worthy boat. Granted all boats can be sailed in blue water, but we are looking for a full keel or center board (this latter one will only be considered if there have been other sailors who recommend this specific model, after having had sailed her in big water themselves). We want a center-cockpit, 39-43 ft. (to 45ft -maybe) long. With a v-berth and an aft state-room, preferably both with a head. The galley must be an important part of the layout and the main cabin layout has to be cozy, unlike Surkha (our Ranger 28) whose main cabin consisted of two benches facing each other. I have included a picture of the models we are considering, why and a link to a full description of the boat in Blue Water Boats.
This might be our favorite boat so far. Our favorite part of the Corbin 39, is the layout inside. It has a spacious galley, two state-rooms, two heads and a nice main cabin that can sleep 4 people. In most vessels these characteristics come in hand with poor sailing performance, a big boat and not blue water worthy. Not the Corbin though, according to what we have read. Marius Corbin, who commissioned Dufour to design the boat, states the following regarding to their circumnavigation-worthiness, “Safely and comfortably around the world…We get postcards from all over the world…what better recommendation is there for a strong and seaworthy vessel.” We have also read other reviews where blue water sailing is listed as one of her attributes. One problem we have found is that, due to the custom nature of their production there can be a lot of variation of materials used inside the cabin. Some can be beautiful teak, while others give the impression of unfinished boats. If you have a Corbin, we are interested. Please contact us. If you have any advice regarding the boat, let us know.
Review of Corbin 39 and another one from Jordan Yatchs.
The Endeavour 43, is on our list for various reasons, price, layout, space and keel. The cabin layout is beautiful, fitting all our requirements. Due to its high production since the 80s, there are a lot of Endeavor 43s and they are under $100k. The deck space is suppose to be very well designed and people love it. Now, some of the downsides are, its in water performance, Bernie Katchor a long time sailor disputes the Endevour performace saying that he has sailed his in open water for 17 years and has never found it to be a poor performant. If you are interested in this boat, here is a link to Katchor’s book, Around The Next Bend, where he talks about the pros and cons of Endeavours, plus his adventures.
Here is a link to the Endeavour 43 review in Blue Water Boat.
This boat fits everyone of our requirements, but the galley layout, which is located in a hallway – which could be nice for counter space, but not so much for…. walking. The Bristol 45 has a similar layout with a better designed galley, but its sailing reviews are not stellar, plus it is 2 ft above our “perfect” boat. Nonetheless if we find a Bristol 41 outfitted for a circumnavigation, we will take her.
The Bristol 41.1 review.