I'm Another newbie to sailing.. We are also looking to buy a decent size cat (48 ft) to live aboard with kids
and learn to handle / sail in warm tropical coastal waters off far north east australia
.. Generally inner reef environment
with ( supposedly) partially smooth waters.
I have experience on boats of all sizes ( 15 -50 metres) as an electrician/ engineer
.. and have experienced oceans in extended extreme Weather
conditions so I'm aware if what is possible to have thrown at you without much warning... I'm also happy to say that the joyful bliss of calm water
and fair winds makes up for the rough times .
on looking for A boat ( which includes valued cruising veterans opinions) leads me to a junction the decision making process.. Start small and work
your way up .. Or buy the boat you want and learn as you go?
The compromise is as always .. budget
and competent crew ... Experience buys you everything else ... Sometimes there is no substitute for either ..
I say go with your heart but use your head
.. Choose wisely and enjoy the horizon coming at you .. Life is too short
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