My last boat was a 32 foot Carver. This was a very stable power boat that burned gas like it was free. ....I don't have the patience for sail. Fuel prices are driving a lot of people out of gas power boats but there are some nice diesel boats out there. The newer cats are very nice but also very pricy. There won't be any deals till these boats have been out for a few more years
Nice looking but I'm with you. No real interest is working like a dog just to get a round. I would much rather just hit the throttle and go. I've noticed that there are becoming more large slips here around Toronto for the larger yachts. Most have a spot for one or two up to 70' and there is a spot in Oakville here where I live that allow for up to 100' yacht to tie up.
Have you done any bluewater cruising Juan?
My last was a 24' Sea Ray but before that I owned a thirty foot Chris. Yes they love gasoline! My Chris had twin inboards but the SeaRay had a sterndrive. I grew up around boats and qualified for a 500 ton Ocean operators license when I lived in the U.S. Did a years appreticeship on a 65' sportfisherman out of Chicago.
Being a natural coward, I was first drawn to a boat with enough power to get the hell back if bad weather blew in. My first boat was a 27 foot Campion with a 350 hp V8 stern drive. I've been boating since we retired to Gabriola Island ten years ago. When I got the Campion I hadn't a clew how to handle the boat or even dock it. At the marina I used to draw a crowd of people who wondered what I would hit next. I eventually learned how to handle that boat and I took a few navigation courses at the local college.
I haven't done any blue water cruising unless you count my trip around Vancouver Island. I've never been out of sight of land but the weather on the outside of Vancouver Island can get really interesting. The trip took us three weeks.
Right now I'm looking for a thirty to forty foot fibreglass displacement cruiser with twin diesels and a cruising speed of 12 - 15 knots. There are a few around. I'm just looking for the right price.
Steel rides better. like ballast. Tough and cheaper and practical for 50' and up. Less than that and aluminum and fiberglass generally get the nod.
All three materials have good characteristics capable of meeting any strength requirement. Many modern fiberglass boats are gel coat over bondo garbage. Metal alloy is a known quantity but 'fiberglass' could mean chopped strand and cheap rosin over unspecified filler. But glass is great when the right materials are used.
I cannot afford a boat though I would accept one made of o.s.b and Elmer's glue with lawn mower drive.