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We're a family
, planning to sail the Atlantic Rally Cruise
in about four years. Currently sailing a Swedish bermuda-rigged 30 feet boat
that we will try sell in 2 years time.
It is time to begin looking for the next boat
, getting the picture of what we need and want. I've checked out Swedish boat forums
and gotten some advice
, mainly Swedish boats. They say Swedish cruising boats are better than average in endurance, quality etc. Maybe but I want to balance that view and also please get tips of foreign boats that may suit us.
Top priority is security
and having a boat that can survive a storm well. Best of course to avoid storms but...
Our planned route
is the traditional: leave Sweden
in June, sailing either through The Caledonian canal
and on to Cork, Ireland
(visit friends), and outside Biscaya down to north-west Spain
, on to the Canary Islands in November before ARC
starts. Or through the English channel
and over Biscaya.
Having three kids
aboard - well, nothing must happen to them! So learned that new Bavaria
boats with spade rudder
is not what we need. Heard long keeled ketch
rigged cutters are the best for handling a storm? We rather stay in port than sail when the weather
is too harsh and we would rather sail the shortest route
out of a storm if it comes to that and/or the opposite direction of our goal if it means max safety
and minimum stress on the boat (and crew). We will have extra adult crew members for the major passages.
on boat types? I don't mind buying
, the Netherlands
etc, using one summer vacation
to sail it home. However we've said that this adventure should begin in Sweden, though The Kiel canal
etc so won't buy a boat in e.g. the Carribean
. Our budget
: max 50000 Euro. We rather buy a boat that has most of the equipment
we need already. People say in forums
we should buy a cheaper boat and equip it ourselves but we both work
full-time and I know from the current
boat that was a wreck when we bought it, hence cheap
, that the labour is not to be underestimated! So partly equipped for the ARC
would be nice!
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