RRR - I saw a 30 footer in Sebana cove that was single
handed from Canada
. The right boat and the right experience can take you a long way.
In regards to a first boat, my advice is to always look for one with wide appeal and plentiful. A small run boat, while perfectly acceptable may require you to be much more self sufficient in terms of repairs
and questions. There just won't be lot's of folk able to give a specific answer.
A boat in numerous quantity is a good first boat IMO, because:
- There may be an active owners forum for advice and counsel
- Specialty parts
may be still factory available or from salvage
- Many marina mechanics may be familiar with them and can fix them
- Standard build processes and deck hardware
- probably a more "mainstream" powerplant
- Easier to resell when stepping up
It often looks like you can get more boat with an off brand.
Our bow pulpit was damaged in a collision
. We had to have it custom fabricated to repair it and it took about 4 months. A Hunter
may have been a lot easier.