Without going into my whole history
(I've sailed for a few years, mostly with friends and hiring 28 to 34 foot sailboats on a lake), I'm looking at buying
my first boat
with the aim of it lasting 3 or 4 years until we upsize to a larger 30+ foot boat
The boat I'm looking at online is a John Pugh 26 foot steel
sailing boat. From the pictures it will need some interior work
, and will need a newer secondhand main sail down the track, but for the price
of $5K Australian it looks okay.
What I need help with before driving 2.5 to 3hrs to look at it is some feedback from anyone with knowledge of a small John Pugh. I've looked at saildata, google
etc for some idea of the layout, cabin
height etc, but can't find anything yet. The boat has a double V-Berth for the wife and I, and 2 quarter berths for the kids
, so it might do us for the occasional overnight. Because the boat is 2.5 hours away by road, we'll want to bring it back to a boat club closer to us at some stage in the next year after we're more used to its various characteristics.
This will mean future trips of 25nm in a bay (no worries there), then 35 nm along the coast and into Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia
. The boat has a sub 1 metre Bilge keel
. Assuming that I wait for the perfect weather
window to bring the boat back next year, is this likely to be an issue. I know it depends more on the sailor and less on the boat, but is this boat an occasional coastal cruiser, or should it not leave the bay?
Any assistance will be gratefully received.