The One

The type of boat we originally wanted was
TYPE A:  A yacht.
After lots of looking and thinking and having a go we have gone to something completely different in looks and style,
Before starting out on our boating venture I had never even heard the word displacement to describe boats. I now know that it describes the shape of the hull and generally means that it a heavier boat that can go long distances and is a stable and comfortable boat suitable for fishing. It might not look as sleek as the yacht but it seems to tick all the boxes for what we want. We can live with that.
[5] I haven’t given up the idea of a yacht entirely.

TYPE A: The Yacht
Pictured below: a yacht I just happened to take a photo of, and I don’t know the make or length, it looked nice!

TYPE B: The Displacement Boat
Pictured below:  Kadey Krogen 44AE




What do I want from a boat?
To be safe and have fun
To be able to stay out for THREE 7 days + comfortably

So does that mean a sailing yacht or a motor yacht or a displacement boat?



  • LOA  39′ more or less/able to fit a 12m marina berth (looked at <12m initially)


  • less than 10 years old (were looking at older ones initially) FLEXIBLE
  • one owner preferably FLEXIBLE
  • well known name


  • Mono hull
  • Fiberglass construction or thick GRP (Glass-Reinforced Plastic)
  • A displacement boat (we were considering a yacht in the beginning: single mast, cutter or sloop)
  • Bow thruster (optional)
  • Protective sand shoe for the propeller
  • Outdoor space for fishing/seating area at stern COVERED
  • Walk through transom
  • Walk around decks
  • Bimini (optional)
  • Flybridge (optional)
  • tender with 2-5HP engine
  • life raft ocean safety ISO (only IF blue water boating)(optional)
  • live bait tank
  • teak decks (optional) or non-slip


  • Live aboard capable
  • fishing
  • coastal cruising
  • 2 person crew comfortably
  • tropical weather  (optional)
  • off shore capable (optional)
  • Category 1 inspection (has overseas voyaging experience (only IF blue water boating)) (wish)

SAILS & RIGGING: (NOT NEEDED NOW as NOT going for a sailing boat)

  • Furling Genoa
  • Roller Reefing Mainsail or battened Mainsail (not sure yet)
  • genoa cover
  • mainsail cover
  • steadying sail (still an option for a displacement boat)


  • good ventilation in the interior cabin
  • opening window above the helm (optional)
  • wheel house side door
  • top opening refrigerator or a full standing fridge/freezer
  • electric head
  • salt water tap in the kitchen for washing up
  • double sink
  • separate shower
  • gas oven
  • microwave
  • IP210TI – EdgeStar Titanium Portable Ice Maker – Titanium (wish)
  • gas califont (hot water) (optional)
  • electric bilge pump
  • manual bilge pump
  • battery charger
  • Webasto Airtop 2000 marine heater (wish)
  • 1500W DC to AC Inverter
  • 2kw inverter generator (diesel)
  • CO detector (for gas oven)
  • good storage space
  • Lots of paper charts
  • sextant


  • 460 MHz EPIRB
  • wind generator (wish)
  • clear instrument panel
  • chart plotter
  • solar power
  • compass
  • chain meter (optional)
  • depth/speed/water temperature data
  • GPS
  • VHF
  • stereo
  • Radar
  • Cockpit speakers
  • USB charger
  • HD flat screen TV (optional)
  • auto pilot
  • shore power inlet
  • cigarette lighter input (extra USB charger)
  • electrical circuit: 12V


  • 2 x 300l Stainless Steel  Grade 316 Fresh water tank
  • 300l+ Stainless Steel Grade 316 Fuel tank
  • 120l Holding Tank


  • 100HP+ 200HP+
  • Inboard
  • Shaft drive
  • Diesel
  • Near new or low mileage
  • Easy access to the engine
  • well maintained with regular servicing records
    Have I forgotten something?
    Any suggestions for alternatives?

[Added 25 August 2013: I didn’t even realise that this was missing!]

  • Rocna anchor, (30)
  • spare anchor, Danforth (plough) or a Delta (fluke)

    [Update One: 22 August 2013]
    [Update Two: 27 October 2013]
    [Update Three: 14 November 2103]
    [Update Four: 26 January 2014]
    [Update Five: 11 October 2014]
    [Update Six: 5 October 2015]
    [Update Seven: 17 September 2017]


2 thoughts on “The One

  1. Hey, thanks for checking ut our blog! A couple of thoughts on your list: first up, read my blog on the composting toilet
    Great idea in theory, not so cool in practice, especially if you plan on cruising! Also, i’ve seen a few people having trouble with their roller furling mains, hard to fix at sea if they jam, and they have a terrible shape, no battens either!

    • Thanks for visiting and so pleased to find your blog. I was reading about the furling mains and thought they were a good idea. I haven’t used one. If it doesn’t work far off shore then it wouldn’t be pleasant. I read about the battens too. You can’t have battens and a furling main sail. So if there is a furling genoa and a battened mainsail, that would be a good combination perhaps. Still an armchair sailor at this stage. And about the heads, I have now abandoned plans to get a composting toilet. I know who will have the job of emptying containers. Holding tank here we come. 🙂
      What was your first boat? The other half wants a catamaran. I may be persuaded to change my mind.

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