Sincerest apologies for delay in reply,have been on charter
for a few weeks non stop.
I looked at 40 different vessels before deciding on SIROCCO,Élan 431 team. I also looked Stateside at the Morgans which had good live aboard facilities, sailing capabilities,and comfort.
You will get many pros and cons for all vessel types, but my partner Valou, fell in love with Sirocco on day 1. She had looked at over 30 different vessels with me, some with more equipment
than you can ever use, and some simply kitted out for getting from A to B safely.
I have NO hesitation in recommending Élan.They are typical Eastern European built. A little rough around the edges,but does what it says on the tin. If you do not want to spend a small fortune this is the way to go.
Surveying, what can I say. I had one English surveyor
came to see the vessel took a photo
, said yep I know this vessel all is good, 2000 euros kerching. I am lucky, I am a commercially endorsed skipper
, and have been delivering yachts for a long time, so told him thanks for his time go swivel.
You get to know where to look, and what you can't see, then you have to get out of the water
and take a look, all the signs of misuse by a so called, "Master and Commander" will be there. In my experience most low hour sailors, hardly ever use sails
, too complicated, so engines get plenty of use. I have a 50hp 33 kw Yanmar
, She runs like a Rolex. 6000 hrs. Reflected in the price
. Treat her well and she will never let you down.
I could probably fill a book about what you need, but there are plenty of them out there!!!!
Save your money
, go with your gut. Plan your passages well. Keep a very good eye on the weather
. Keep a very good eye on your boat, she will tell you when she needs attention. Most importantly LEARN THE ROPES, your sailing will be a real adventure.