As the thread starter of the "how to choose a boat" thread I'm also in the process of "choosing" a boat. I'm about to sell my flat, and am in the process of getting my professional (and personal) life reorganised in a way that might allow me to take something like 3 months off each year. I would like to spend these months exploring Europe's coasts. (I imagine you can do this for a long time...)
I started by imaging what kind of sailing I would be doing. I came to the conclusion that I would either be:
- Sailing alone.
- Sailing with my partner.
- Occasionally with a bunch of friends.
Another factor is that I do get seasick. Although it doesn't happen a lot, I'm often not comfortable below decks when I can't see out.
So I need:
- Easy to sail and maintain. Not to big.
- One good cabin
useable at anchor
or in the harbor with a proper double bed
- Extra sleeping in the saloon
, must be useable at see.
near the entrance, and with windows allowing me to look outside while preparing meals
- A proper desk/navigation station. Must be able to put my laptop
- 35-40 foot.
Good to have are:
- Fast en fun to sail.
- Design that sets it apart from the AWB.
I'm fortunate enough that I can actually afford to put some money
on this. One boat that "ticks all the boxes" for is for example the new RM 1060, or maybe a second hand RM1200.
For instance I like the deck
layout of the RM1200
Sheet winches are near the front of the cockpit
. On this boat the halyard
winches are at the mast
, but for putting in a reef single
handed this is actually an advantage.
And the galley
looks like this:
Nice workspace. Works at sea, and I have good visibility to the outside.
It's nice to dream....