Found this forum after reading about it in the PDF tips put together by Riley of Sailing La Vagabond. He said this was a good place and resource so here I am.
I'm mainly here to soak up advice
on what types of yachts have a good reputation for cruising and ocean crossing
. Within the next year I am planning on purchasing
a yacht with a view to sailing from the UK across to France
and then over time down through to the Algarve and Med. Initially this will be school
holiday sailing but in years to come I hope to leave the day to day rate race
more steadily living aboard
I have some sailing experience on much smaller craft and over the next year plan to take further sailing lessons
and engross myself in reading to help fill in the initial gaps.
My initial thoughts for a suitable yacht would be in the 26-30ft range and needs to be suitable for 2 adults and a child, ideally separate berths and a single head
. Keeping things simple I'd like a sloop
with a modified keel
with decent rudder
protection. It would also be a consideration that I may want to go through the canal
system in France
to avoid the Bay of Biscay so the draft
and beam need to also be suitable.
will be up to 15K GBP but possibly more for the right vessel.
If anyone has any recommendations of yacht models that are available in the UK that fit the parameters then please let me know.