Been a 'lurker' on the site for a while gleaning lots of useful information so thanks to everyone for everything I've learnt and read so far.
I thought it was about time to say hello though as I will hopefully become a proud owner of a boat in the not too distant future.
I worked in the sailing industry for many years as a delivery skipper
, charter skipper
and cruising instructor and have clocked up about 15,000nm. Now I am back in the 'real world' with a 'real job' and think its about time i get to do what I love as a hobby rather than work.
I'm looking to buy a second hand blue water
cruiser, my plan is to take her round the UK and the Baltic
within 5 years (a summer for each) and then to the Med or even further afield more down the line.
I've been looking at the obvious choices; Oyster
(435 is pretty much the dream), Hallberg Rassy
, Malo, Sweden
Yachts but are then any others I don't know about and are worth a look?
She must be a capable blue water
cruiser, probably around 40-45ft, easily sailed short handed, able to sleep 6 (preferably in 3 cabins, 2 double and bunk), and preferably centre cockpit
with owners cabin
Any advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.