Hi Chris, Cherie, and ya all.
When I was younger than I am today, I wanted to get a boat. So, everyone that knew anything about boats told me to start off with a sailing Dinghy
and learn to sail first.
Truth is, they knew their subject, and their advice was all good and extremely sensible. But they didn't know me. I suspect we don't yet know Chris (or Cherie).
I bought a 52ft Scottish Trawler
instead of a dinghy
, and sailed (motored) off in it. I learnt to sail one day with a canvass sheet as a sail, when the engine
failed while I was crossing the Thames Estuary.
When I eventually got to my destination
, I couldn't pick-up a mooring
- as the 7-foot freeboard at the bow made the moorings a little out of reach. I eventually had to "Jump" a big-ship bouy. Very fast learning
The rest of my early learning
was a bit like that. I would go off and do things just after I was told I couldn't do them. Clearly, I did not make a great success of my life in the accepted sense - if I had, I would be sitting in the BVI on an Oyster
82 right now, instead of where I am.
I am still alive (obviously), but, I admit I was lucky. Not always, but I survived nonetheless.
I did my own thing, being careful (as my life experience increased) not to tread on other peoples feet, as the "advisors" often did know best, but I just didn't want to do it their way, because I was me, and they were them - if you know what I mean. Yeah, I went wrong sometimes, but I didn't bitch about it; just took it on the chin, but I can say: I really enjoyed myself.
So, my advice to you (which is no advice at all really): listen to those wiser souls than I am, but: Do you're own thing! Its fun.
On the boat choice issue, there are boats of so many kinds. My favourite is the same as it was 20 years ago, but it probably isn't yours. As we probably want different things. My favourite, worth looking at from what you have said so far, is The Nauticat 43. Pilot House, sails
well, decent shower
, super aft cabin
. Look at the layout options: separate "lounge" and "dining room" etc. Maybe also the 44 if you are not so into actual sailing. They are a quality build.
I haven't got one, as when I bought the last boat my assets dropped through the floor due to the recession and I didn't have enough money
. But that, is the story of my life....