Newbie with questions, if I may?
Wife wants to travel, so do I, and we're both fed up with the rat-race (and the crime here in South Africa).
I've been looking at boats to live on and cruise
in on Yachtworld (mainly) for a number of months, and somehow got stuck between boats like the Amel Mango and Maramu and some PH boats, with a preference to the latter.
Like many, I find that a lot of them look like a nice boat with a shed stuck on top, but some others struck a chord. Examples are a Pouvreau aluminium ketch from 1974, but it requires a lot of work, the other is a Jeanneau
1300 Espace, which looks like a really comfortable live-aboard, but it has not been kitted out for self-sufficient blue-water cruising. It's a superb boat to look at though, with in- and outside steering stations, a good galley and saloon
and plenty space to kit her out the way it needs to be.
is a little light though compared to other boats of the same size (45') and I wonder how it would stand up to long-term blue-water use?
The plan would be to cruise
around the Mediterranean
for a season to get to grips with the boat and see what it needs in terms of kitting out, do that over the winter and after that see where the winds will take us.