Originally Posted by wicksy
Here’s the plan, retiring soon, want to buy a sailing boat, take the dual approach of RYC training up to day skipper
while getting as much practical on the water
time on my own boat in and around Pembrokeshire Wales.
sailing experience outside of Parts
1 & 2 RYA basic sailing and a bit of reservoir Dinghy
sailing (2 sessions).
Looking to spend maximum of 5-7k (GBP) on something 22ft-ish with a view to spending the spring and summer immersed in the practical and theory of sailing with the intention of coastal sailing down to the Bristol channel, across to north Devon, around Lands’ End to the south coast of England
the following season.
Do-able? Yes! But 99% of things with boats is doable - the question really centres around how likely for "You".
I have never done the trip you envisage, but that voyage not something to be taken lightly on any sized boat or with 20 years experiance and a full crew.
Nonetheless (IMO) doable from your starting position of experiance (lack of!) and boat size - just would be more likely (and more fun) with a bigger boat, a full crew and more experiance........Not to say that your trip would likely end badly (although possible! - on any journey and boat) just that after getting the boat and own experiance you may well think to self, "mmmmm.....maybe a bigger boat would be a better / more fun idea......or I would prefer to go somewhere else "
....and nothing wrong with that (indeed much to commend it! - this stuff is meant
to be fun!, ain't always
- but it's meant to be!). Boats is often about coming up with a Plan B (and B often stands for "Better"
)......I only mention it as something to bear in mind and not
to dissuade you from even trying.