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These are the boats that have made our final list to check out on our upcoming trip to Florida. Ten days and 48 hours of driving lay ahead of us for the next step of the boat search process. I’m really looking forward to the things we will discover and learn about all of these boats as well meeting what are sure to be some interesting boat people. The other day Brandy and I were going over boats at lunch when two older ladies walked by. “Looks like someone is going sailing” one said. She looked like someone with some interesting stories, but I was caught off guard all I could do was smile. Lady, if you only knew.
We kept the Contest 42 CC on the list and have learned a lot of information about this particular boat since the last update. For instance, the color of the hull in this photo is no longer correct. It is now a lighter color blue with red bottom paint. That’a shame really, Brandy is a sucker for these dark blue hulls.
This one is new to the list, and is by far the largest boat we will see. It appears to have been very well maintained, and while it is quite large we’ll have to look past that and compare the usability of everything. There are pros and cons to larger boats, but we felt this one was worth a look to get the feeling of a larger boat.
The Liberty 458 fell off our radar for a while, but it’s back on. This boat has been cruised extensively so it will be a real treat to see how they have rigged things up. I hear the owner hasn’t been on board in a little while, so we will have to overlook the mess, but I’ve also heard these are great solid cruising boats.
Before working with our broker, Kevin, I don’t think I would have ever considered this boat. It’s the smallest of the ones we will see, but I read over and over again that they feel much bigger than a typical 40 foot boat on the inside. There are two for sale that we are interested in checking out.
This one stays on the list from last time. These boats got us into the idea of a center cockpit, it would be a shame to go all the way to Florida and not see one.
Hylas is a name that is synonymous with blue water cruising boats. I’m a little shocked there is one near our price range. Telling people you have a Hylas is like telling them you have a BMW 7-Series. It doesn’t matter what year it is, it was top of the line at one point and if it was well maintained it still is.
Another one that is still on the list. Similar to the Hylas, a proven blue water cruiser.
The Gulfstar 45 Hirsch Center Cockpit. This boat is super interesting because it’s not officially for sale and it’s owned by a well known marine contractor. That means in the last few years he has owned the boat he has done everything to a high standard, including removing and re-building the engine, re-wiring almost everything, taking the hull down and re-finishing it, the list goes on and on and on. We got on this boat, un-expected, this last Summer when we were in Pensacola. At the time it was just to compare the size of a Gulfstar 47 Sailcruiser to a center cockpit boat. This time, knowing all that has gone into this boat and with a much more serious agenda, we will be paying extra close attention to the space and trying to keep up with the list of upgrades.
So there’s the list, wish us luck! Which one would you like to sail away into the horizon on?