I came upon this 47' steel morsel on a Kiwi website last night. Not at all what we're looking for, but that didn't matter - a quick look and I felt that Palvovian response - elevated heartbeat and all that. There's something wonderfully non-yachty about her, the combination of a ship-built interior and a do-it-yourself look to the cockpit and deck layout.
Lots of things we didn't really want, like a ketch rig and a full keel, but it's just so easy to picture ourselves on this big, serious boat, with lots of space, sailing hither and yon all over the globe, in a family-circus-afloat, Life Aquatic sort of way. And...it looks like she's in our budget.
I just keep reminding myself that there's nothing more expensive than an affordable large boat.
Meanwhile, we've got a new idea for how we might find a bargain.
"Do you think it's poor form to hope for a European sovereign debt crisis?" I asked Alisa. "Then maybe we could afford one of those slick French centerboarders that are priced in euros."