I'm Hugo 25 years old, from the Netherlands
and new here to the forum but not new to sailing. I have been sailing in the med
(greece and spain) during holidays with the family
boats ranging from 36-50ft for the past 10 years. But my passion is to do a circumnavigation
with my girlfriend while we are young. Last year I bought a small comet 801 to get a feeling for what it is like to own, sleep and sail on a small cabin boat
. So far it is really great! This has really started the fire to start looking for a larger boat
me and my girlfriend could live aboard
for the coming ~5 years in the Netherlands
while working our jobs. This would give us time and money
to prepare the boat for our circumnavigation
. We are aware it is going to be small, cold during the winter
, moist etc. We are up for that and don't need much luxury and are used to living in a small student room.
Afterwards we would probably sail the med
for the first 1-2 years because there is so much to see there. After that probably following the trade
winds with the coconut milk run and really take our time to see all the beautiful places.
In my search for a boat that fits our budget
I found and have looked at this Jeanneau
sun legende 41 from 1986 that is for sale
It has had a refit
in 2016 with all new sails
was refurbished, webasto diesel heater
installed, new sprayhood and a lot more. The boat was looking to be in great condition and well maintained and ticked a lot of boxes for me with the gear
that was installed, size and space inside, large water
tank. The previous owner was refitting it to do a circumnavigation but unfortunately passed away. It is currently for sale
for 38k eur (42.5k USD).
My question is if this boat is priced right (it is cheaper than most on yachtfocus) and if it would fit our needs to do a circumnavigation with some work
. It has a semi skegged rudder
, would this be a no go? I have read a lot about spade rudders and a lot of people like to avoid those while others say they are fine but couldn't find to much about semi skegged rudders. I could find some people who have sailed the med with this type of boat and could find 1 person who has done a circumnavigation. I would off course get a survey
on this boat if I am interested in buying
before making a final offer.
If you know of any other boats that would be good for us in the ~40k euro range for sale
close to the Netherlands please post them here. I attached some pictures I made during the visit. And one photo
from the internet
with a view of the semi skegged rudder
arrangement on this model (not this boat).
Hope you guys can give me some suggestions and opinions.