In a previous article we finally revealed the boat we selected to both replace our beloved 56-foot McCurdy and Rhodes aluminum cutter (well, not really "replace") and to act as a test bed for Attainable Adventure Cruising going forward.
While this series of articles will explain why we made the decision we did, that's not the point. After all, for most all of you who want to go long distance live-aboard cruising the J/109 would be completely and utterly the wrong boat: too small, too light and twitchy, too deep, too little storage and, above all, too little load-carrying capacity.
So what matters here is the process we followed, both the steps we got right, and the steps we screwed up, so you can follow the former and, I hope, avoid the latter as you select the right boat for you.
The first part of the process of buying a boat is to define the mission. Different missions require different boats, which is what makes the whole "best boat" discussion, so common on forums, so silly—not here since AAC members are of above average smarts...you must be, you joined.
Here's the mission statement we started off with, together with how well we did satisfying it.