Happy to make you happy!
So, we have just bought a boat - today! - to go on our long-awaited watery dream.
It's a Bristol 40. It took my husband a lot of mental effort to get a boat that's that long. You see, we're going to sail to the Med. and live aboard in various moorings.
He will do a lot of single
After a year of shopping
and seeing a lot of cabin
layouts, we agreed on the 40 footer. She is big enough to live on comfortably (most of the time! Some winter days may feel cosy...) The husband is a very experienced sailor from a sailing family
, and absolutely did not want any more boat than that.
An important point that was made a couple of times in the thread is that anything over 40 feet may be difficult to moor in many marinas
etc. There may be many times you need to live aboard and can't find a place to accomodate you - plus, the costs of anything over 40' (I hear even 35') go up dramatically. Services are calculated by the linear foot, as in for hauling out or surveying etc.
I am wandering a bit, but I suggest you consider a smaller boat. Most people we sail with are surprised we bought such a huge boat!
We will work on her & get to know how she sails
over the next 2 yrs and take off across the Atlantic spring 2010!