Originally Posted by zeta
Love this thread and looks like OP has plenty of available crew. I too would love to cruise
the canals. Not to hijack but how difficult would it be to buy a boat in Europe (small sail--18-25ft) and do the canals and would it be possible to keep boat in Europe for later cruises?
I have a potter 19 that I think you be fine for canals but cost to ship would probably be exorbitant. BTW I have travel Europe many times and I am okay with the minimalist approach.
The short answer is that perfectaly doable
. and IMO for that sized boat the sensible thing to do.
between visits can be anything from a Marina to Farmer's field - but I would recomend that everything
of value be removed for safer storage
Depending on how you are with the lingo, then easy enough to buy "foreign".
The tricky bit will be how / where to register her (and whether you need to / how to de-register her if can't transfer boat reg to you - Boat registration
tends to require a person to be a resident).
Personally I would be looking to the UK, both for the Lingo and laziness reasons
and also that for SSR registration
only really need to come up with a UK address (not a PO box) - and for that you could use the address of a relative / freind (or whatever
)......of course could do the same UK SSR route
for a boat bought foreign (without boat needing to visit the UK).
Ebay UK usually has small sailing boats capable of both crossing the channel (on a decent day) and dissapearing up the Canals.
I would recomend:-
1) a decent cockpit
tent / canopy (doesn't need to be pretty - just rainproof and being able to use some when underway is nice)
2) the ability to drop (and raise!) your own mast
3) some form of land transport is more of a wishlist thing - but really opens up your world.