I am hoping to draw on the wealth of knowledge and experience on this forum to give me some ideas.
Myself and my fiance have been working in the sailing industry a long time and have finally found ourselves in a position where we might be able to get our own boat
to live on. We have sailed a variety of boats, know what makes a good boat
but also know we couldnt afford our dream boat and with all our experience at sea, have no experience of buying
Basically, we have a tall list of what would make the ideal boat for us but realistic ideas of what we might actually be able to afford.
We would be looking for a yacht between 35 and 65ft (perhaps not 65ft with our budget!).
We have about £65,000 available (could push it very slightly for the dream boat) but that would clean us out so preferably it would cost less.
Features we would like:
Large master cabin
Large Pilot house/deck saloon
with seating area
Features we would like (to enable us to have the option to run trips/courses on the boat) but could easily compromise on:
Extra 4+ berths (as well as our double master cabin)
We aren't the average sailors and have had extensive experience in rough seas and high latitudes. We have grown accustomed to sailing a sturdy vessel that we can trust no matter what is thrown at us and wouldnt consider something light and bendy.
As for materials, we wouldnt consider a wooden boat. Aluminium would be the dream (which we probably cant afford) but steel
or a strong fibreglass construction would do. Nothing that bends when you go to windward!
Ideally it would be something we could find in the UK, we could extend our range to Europe
for the right boat but travelling further afield to buy a boat seems unlikely.
Finally, we are experienced in maintenance
but are not looking for a project
. If a boat needs a little TLC that is fine but we want to move straight aboard, not have the boat in a yard for a year.
So... If anyone has any ideas for makes or models they think we should look out for, places to look or general boat buying
advice/pitfalls to avoid then we would love to hear it.
Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to share their knowledge/opinions.
Edd + Charly