Our next boat?

In the winter months, it’s always tempting to think about our next boat.  We will own Southern Rival, our Rival 34, for at least two more years, but then we might consider a bit larger boat (38 to 43 feet).  We’d like an offshore-capable boat, maybe liveaboard comfortable, but not so heavy and old that day sails would be out of the question.

On our “consider list” are new and used Ovni sailboats:

We like their ruggedness and world-circling ability.  We’re a tad nervous about the aluminum hulls over time and the stability factors of the hull design.  However, having a relatively easy to sail expedition boat is very appealing to us, especially if our desired 10 year tour comes to fruition.

Secondly, the shallow draft and beachability of Ovni are both attractive features.

Ovni on beach

Meanwhile, I’m off to our Rival early tomorrow morning.  It’s time again to heat up the engine, and I’m also taking down recently-bought gear from the London boat show.  I hope to build and rig the new preventer gear tomorrow.