First post so might as well introduce myself too! My name is Jimmy and with my partner we're both currently doing the Competent Crew course with the RYA in the UK
We're loving every minute of it and before progressing to the next course, would like to get a boat so we can both enjoy sailing more often but also so we can become confident in our abilities.
For the short term, our intentions are just to sail around the South coast of the UK, and once we're more experienced we intend to make regular trips to France
and possibly further to places such as the Azores
(although that is a bit further in the future).
Unfortunately, we are fairly new to the world of yachts and so we are not sure on what makes one boat more seaworthy
So perhaps a list of our "needs" would help in suggestions.....
* We require a boat between 25-35 foot as we intend to spend a bit of time aboard (so possibly a week or more on board at a time)
* We would prefer a draft
below 1.8m as we would like to traverse the French canals, larger than this and we would not get down them!
* Capable of an Atlantic crossing
in the long term, we're thinking "buy right first time and no need to change in the future"
* Fairly easy to sail for novices, and quite forgiving
would be approximately £10,000 sterling, so what do you all recommend?
Thanks, and look forward to learning
/ sharing knowledge on the forums