|My honey sippin' on a cold brewski while fixin' up the lawn|
Like us, she has put a lot of energy and time into her beautiful home, which she LOVES, but it has come time to downsize and simplify. While on a smaller scale, I can so closely relate to her situation. The work we put into The Hammer was a labor of love. We made a ton of memories working on her, and the education was priceless. She became a home more so than just an old boat, and the transition she made from "that old rusty steel boat" into a truly great boat was amazing. However, no matter how much our emotions were in it, it was time to downsize and simplify. We have many reasons for selling her, the main reason being that it was just time to move on to something simpler and more comfortable for living aboard and cruising. Being that cruising and living aboard are the entire reason we want a boat in the first place, we decided it was time to find something better suited for us and our sailing future.
The search for Miss Right continues, and we have finally begun to narrow our search. We are looking for something a little smaller than the last boat (Groupe Finot 42') but bigger than the first (Irwin 32'). Plan B Endeavour 37's have caught our eye the most, but we haven't ruled out the others we have been interested in just yet... Pearson, Irwin, and Morgan between 36 and 39 feet are all still in the running for now. We have weighed the pros and cons of every type of boat, because every boat does in fact have her good and bad qualities. Taking into consideration what characteristics we think are a must, and what compromises we are willing to make for those musts are helping us figure out which boat will meet our needs the best.
Because Endeavours are in the lead as of now, we would love your input. If you have experience with this type of boat, what are your thoughts, good and bad?