I'd suggest a more modern, lighter and faster design for a first boat. Modern boats can be easier to learn on, partly because they have larger cockpits and nice sail handling gear
, and partly because you can easily find someone to sail with who has experience with such a boat, or a similar one.
As part of learning
to sail, racing
is fun and valuable experience. A more modern design is more fun to race
, partly because even if you are racing
in a handicap fleet, the competition will be more similar in performance. You may find that racing is really fun, and then might want to race
in a one design fleet, which is a better-yet learning
experience. The comraderie in a one design fleet is invaluable for learning, meeting friends, getting experience on other boats, etc.
For living aboard
, a modern design is much more pleasant -- they tend to be brighter and airier and much more spacious due to greater beam. There are good reasons for Beneteaus outselling NorSea by 1000:1. The Norsea is a good boat for its niche, but the Beneteaus (etc) are more versatile. Once you have several years of experience sailing, living aboard
, cruising, then you can make an informed choice for a REAL cruising boat... and at that point you may realize that you want something with a much longer waterline that a NorSea, nicer accomodations, etc. Perhaps you will still like the NorSea, but in the interim, you will have learned a lot and put far less money
In today's market, a NorSea is very nearly a "character boat" in the sense that it looks like a real blue water
boat (based on an old standard) but there are loads of other designs making far more crossings. A friend sailed around the world with a NorSea 27 about 35 years ago. A good choice for single
handing, back then.
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