Need advice buying 45 to 50 yacht

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Need advice buying 45 to 50 yacht

Need advice buying 45 to 50 yacht

We are very interested in experience any of you might have with the following boats or advice on others we are not considering. We are looking to move up to a 45 to 50 foot flybridge. After having thought about this alot, we are trying to arrive at the best compromise. It is usually my wife, two kids, and myself. Our budget is around $300K. The requirements we have so far are that:

1) We go across the gulf stream and throughout the Bahamas (and probably further with a bigger boat if it is feasible) and fish offshore a bit so having a seaworthy hull is perhaps the most important requirement. Boat must have a solid, non-cored hull, both for seaworthiness and longevity.

2) We travel with the boat long distances so fuel mileage is important. (The boat will be in FL some years and on the Chesapeake others.)

3) Since we travel long distances speed is an issue. The boat needs to be capable of between a 20 and 25 knot cruise speed. The trade off seems to be flatter deadrise for better fuel economy at the cost of seaworthiness.

4) The boat must have a salon and flybridge with seating on the flybridge to hang out while driving or docked.

5) We do some fishing but it tends to be offshore trolling. So a cockpit is needed but it does not have to be full size.

My wife does not want a convertible as they typically do not have a good flybridge seating arrangement for lounging, no windows in the hull, and usually a smaller v berth for the LOA than a cruiser.

Current boat choices:

Sea Ray 44 Sedan Bridge: Pros: Good layout, nice flybridge, good cruise speed, several on the market, can get a 2004 or newer model near our budget (pre 04 are cored hulls). Fuel mileage good for a 30K pound boat. 18 degree deadrise but entry only moderate at best. Cons: Perhaps they are top heavy, how seaworthy are they? AC is under front v berth, fuel tank only 350 gallons. Biggest concerns are windage and if they are top heavy at sea.

Viking Sport Cruiser 45 or 48: Pros, seems to be a nice layout, and maybe the most seaworthy of the cruisers (but no first hand knowledge, only sales talk), nice interior quality and always use solid hull construction. 19 degree deadrise with a more aggressive entry. Cons, boat will be 8 to 10 years old in our price range. Fuel economy not so good. How hard will it be to sell, there are not that many Viking Sport Cruisers in the US.

Azimut: Nice layout and contemporary Euro styling. Good cruise speed. Nice engines. Cons, They are costly, maybe beyond our limit. I have also heard that they pound in head seas and are more of a coastal cruiser than an offshore boat. I have been told they have cored hulls.

Carver 460 or 510 Voyager: Nice looking, large cabin space. Bigger fuel tanks. Cons, How seaworthy are they. Deadrise not as high as the VSC or SeaRay. How good is the hull construction. Is this more of a fresh water or coastal boat or can one venture down the Carribean island chain.

Navigator: Pros, Very nice layout, lots of space. Similar to the Carver but perhaps a better made boat. Better fuel mileage. Cons, Seaworthiness unclear. Cruise speed on the low side. Some reviews say this is more of a coastal cruiser.

Ocean Alexander may be out of the price range. Slow cruise speeds and seaworthiness unknown. Silverton does not make the right kind of layout, either convertible or aft cabin. The older Hatteras or Betrams seem to be too large, more of an aft cabin design and use a lot of fuel.

I have done a fair bit of research on this forum and others as well as looking at many printed reviews, but the reviews rarely give critical evaluations. Test rides are hard to come by particularly in more challenging conditions. Thanks in advance!

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