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Old 20-09-2016, 00:10   #1
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Looking for my first boat...

Total newbie here although I am must say I am an excellent armchair sailor as I have been studying for many years things about boats and sailing.
I have never sailed, not even a dinghy.
As the title says, I am looking to get my first boat. I have found lots of information in the web. It seems to me that the new Hanse 315 might be a good choice to start sailing and cruising.
However, I am facing a dilemma: Should I buy a mono hull or should Ι opt for a trimaran?
I am not going to race my boat and I am not interested in speedy cruising although I know that speed makes passages shorter which may be a good thing sometimes.
The main reason I am considering a trimaran is because of its (a lot) lower draft that makes beaching possible while with a mono hull this is not an option.

In order to avoid further confusion maybe I should list my priorities:

1) RCD class A (ocean)
2) Lots of room down below and above (cruising and relax)
3) Beach-able or at least low draft (less 1 meter)
4) Aft cabin with double berth. 5 berths minimum.
5) Separate head.
6) Tiller steering

That's my main requirements. Now I would like to get a boat with an outboard engine (perhaps electric) and use the engine room for more battery capacity while investing in solar/hydro/wind electricity generation.
A self tacking jib would be nice too but those things can be retro fitted I guess so not too much consideration in the initial buying decision.

I like long keels and their draft is low enough but is seems that this is a trend abandoned by the major manufacturers.

The Hanse 315 ticks all but one the boxes from my list, the beach-ability aspect.

On the other hand, not having sailed I was wondering which one of the two types (mono hull or trimaran) is best suited for a total beginner.

I am aware that I am pursuing contradictory things, but maybe if the discussion progresses I may be able to judge better and reach a more informed decision.

Thanks all and greetings to everybody on these boards. This is my first post.
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Old 20-09-2016, 02:42   #2
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Re: Looking for my first boat...

You will have to weigh how important it is to be able to beach your boat. A trimaran is not a bad way to go.

You did however forget one disadvantage of a trimaran. They do turn turtle...then what???

There is no perfect boat.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Blokatos.
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