I am really fond of the idea of buying an old boat and restoring it.
And I realy like the look af thees boats.(secially the Hans Crhistian.
How do they handle, and how long does the plastic last.
You might like the idea or restoring an old boat but the issues of cost and time for someone without experience can be devastating. An old 50 ft boat might take 2 years of long days and short nights. Having to learn from scratch could add a lot more months or years. I would say a newer version of most any boat you really like will cost more up front but less overall. A lot of people enjoy working on boats more than sailing them. If you buy any boat you'll be working a lot as it is. They all take a lot of work just to maintain things properly. The small projects will satisfy your thought of fixing up an old boat.
Plastic lasts longer than our combined lifetimes. It's all the rest of the stuff that is attached that won't last as long, costs a lot of money
, and hard to work on. Buy a boat not as old and sail sooner.
Boat handling relates a lot to the amount of experience you have handling them much like cattle ranching. On the water
large boats are fine but in close quarters and when paying fees
the larger boats take more effort, time, and a lot more money
I would get the smallest big boat that works for you and your budget
. Work, time, and money all have to add up to make it a fun adventure.
Hang around Cruisers Forum and check out all the information. You can learn a lot here. Find some place to take some sailing lessons
. Doing it now means you'll be better later on. Learning
and doing is the best way to get ready. You don't just step aboard and go. If you want this to really happen you have to get prepared to make it a great adventure. Doing some sailing now while you learn more is going to make that process fun too. It's possible to start having fun today!