my yacht is a beneteau
393 (perfect for single
handed) and personaly i wouldnt own a full keel boat, but there is pros and cons to both, if your going to run ito something i agree that a full keel most likely stronger, i have hit a rock with my keel and nothing but a scatch and one hell of a scare (although every one with a full keel told me it would fall off
). Becuase it was not a full keel it bounced back and did not slide up and get stuck. so it really depends on to many to many things to claim one will be better than the other, unless you know exactly what conditions your going to put your yacht through.
some examples are my boat does not heave too in under 35kts with sails
alone (apparently full keels do), but its faster on all other points of sailing, handles better (turns on a dime in marinas) and every mile i do without hitting something im happy with my decision. I watched a steel
yacht with 6mm steel
full keel sail at 5knots into rocks and it only got some dents and scratched paint
, my yacht would have been holed in that instance, they sailed away. possibly they would swap boats with me given the chance for the practical comfort of every day life with a lot less maintenance
, and avoid the rocks in the future understanding they cannot get away with it, but this depends on your values.
i have done a similar thing to you and i am very happy i have done it, my boat was in perfect condition to sail away and enjoy it, this allowed me to focus on learning
all the new skills required to stay safe and enjoy the experiance to the max, a year later i think the sea has cast its spell!
beneteau could be the largest yacht manafacturer in the world (not sure just a guess) but they are doing something right and allowing me and lots of other sailors to enjoy life aboard
my advise would be the following;
get a boat that is ready to sail with good basic equipment
that will get you sailing leaving you cash to go sailing, making sure it has resale value, so when you understand what you personally need you can sell it (if you didnt get it right). with the encouragement and advise from people on this forum it became a reality for me and its awesome!