Wow, thanks for so many replies, advice
, tips etc.
It is a bit overwhelming and I can't yet, unfortunately, reply to all individually.
Of course most of my 'requirements' are personal and we found people who agree but probably more who don't agree.
The same goes for the way I would like to sail, even dismissing the question how easy to realizing those are and the high certainty time changes everything.
It just confirms we all have to be a little crazy to start such a thing, so checked....
It is good to see some similar thoughts I have gone through.
Some things really ring a bell, I, just like everyone?, would like to skip as many boats purchases as possible, to just do it first time right, while fully realizing you need to go through that process to even be able to know what you can handle, like, etc or just spend years sailing similar boats as crew member
Of course I liked the posts that made me go to a steel boat
in the first place.
And I understand the remarks that a dream boat
does not exist except in your mind, but I still would post it this way since the boat I stumbled upon is simply matching what I had in my mind for the best part.
That is not the same as the best rational decision, or probably the same as what I would answer in 5 years time.
The hardest thing, also because that was already on my mind, is the size.
I can't think of a harder subject to decide on and I think I see this back in replies.
For sure going smaller is a huge factor in costs, being able to handle it solo or short handed, maintaining it, etc etc etc.
But there is also little else having so much impact on living space, and if designed proper making a good ocean going, rough weather
I started some three years ago to visiting boat shows, and my online search.
The first trigger to actually see a boat was a Hanse.
It just looked like a nice floating appartement, and in short, I came to the conclusion it is, and thus not suited for my intended usage.
Next came the whole list of better sailing boats like Amel and Hallberg Rassy
, to just name a few that I found very interesting.
some like that new is not an option, so I started to look for used boats, to just stumble on the one I mention that was priced interestingly, way bigger than what I thought would be feasible price
wise to start with.
And when something like that happens my nature is that I have to check it out and dive into.
And the reason for my post...