I've just joined the site and I would like to tap into the wealth of knowledge from the contributors here.
I am thinking of buying
a Comar Comet 460.
1989 Comet 460 [YF13700] Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Not that exact one but one similar which is not currently being advertised online. I would hope to travel extensively with her in stages over a period of years. For the most part with friends and family
for coastal hops but I would like the option of doing ocean crossings alone and I am here to gauge the suitability of this yacht for such activity.
Its seems quite large for single
handed sailing but most of time it would be crewed so I want a certain level of comfort for that. I may also live on the yacht alone for extended periods so the large fwd cabin
is very appealing. I have looked around extensively for yachts in this size and price
range (€70k) and there are lots of plastics fantastics about for that price
, Bavs, Benes etc... which are generally ex charter
yachts. I know the Comet is also plastic but in my experience yachts built in that generation were much more solid than their modern counter parts
I have noted the large centre steering wheel
which is perhaps not ideal for tending to the sheets
when singe handed sailing. Is there anything else that stands out to you which might make single
handed sailing more difficult in a yacht like this?
A note on my experience: I am a 35 year old Super (Motor) Yacht Captain
, with a Class 1 Master Mariner Unlimited CoC. I sailed dinghies throughout my childhood and joined the Merchant Navy
on leaving school
. I worked my way through the ranks and joined the professional yachting industry over ten years ago. I have sailed as Captain
yachts from 165ft to 440ft in length. I took a year out several years ago and worked as a Flotilla Skipper
running a fleet of 10 x 36ft Benes in the Med for 9 months which I guess would be the most relevant experience of all the I have described so far.
I have done some very short hops single handed on 36ft yachts and must have parked this size yacht a thousand times during my days as a flotilla skipper
I respect the sea and I avoid bad weather
when I can.
Considering all of the above I would like to hear from any of you with the relevant experience and knowledge if my plan to sail this yacht single handed is viable.
I love the sea and I am at a cross roads in my life, the desire to sail off into the sunset is strong.