looking to buy my first sailboat, to live and cruise
and one day circumnavigate. looking for a great deal with 45k usd to spend.
I've taken a IYT bareboat
11 day skipper
coarse and have about 1k nautical miles experience. Most of which I gained helping deliver a friends brand new Lagoon
450S from Singapore
, and have been living on it and helping out for the past month and a half.
I believe what would suite me is...
with solid fiberglass hull
for strength and ability to live long as this boat
will already be 30+ years old.
for comfort, but can still make respectable speed.
enough room for 2 people/separate cabins. I plan to do mostly single
handed while I learn and pick up crew for longer passages.
I feel like just under 40' is a good size for me and my budget
Now i'm currently living in Thailand
, but I can pack up and leave with an hours notice. While I like Thailand a lot and think it would be a good place to improve my sailing skills, hire cheap
labor, I am curious to hear if there's something i'm not thinking of? (of course there is!)
Maybe I can find a lot more boat
for the money
Maybe a different ocean would be better for beginners?
not knowing much about boats it's hard to look online and really determine how great a deal vessels are.
I've been looking at Hood/Wauquiez/Bristols 35.5 and 38'
which I really like.. and makes me think I would really be more comfortable in a 38'+
i can even stand upright in the 38 Wauquiez! (i'm 6'5" tall)
Where I start geographically doesn't matter that much to me..
If I purchased in Thailand/Langkawi i would most likely stick around SE Asia
for a year or two until I felt ready to cross the Indian Ocean
towards South Africa
.. but I can get almost as excited about starting somewhere else if it made more sense..
thanks for your thoughts, advice