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Old 14-07-2018, 08:20   #1
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Hello from Manchester, UK

Hi all,

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 and cruise 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.

Budget 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.
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Old 14-07-2018, 08:45   #2
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The budget is a little tight, but something like this would be nice and give some good sleepling options for you and the family. Also a size were you have enough space to live on board but not going to break the bank with mooring or maintenance costs. Lots of these about so plenty to choose from and see the slight differences in the various marks. The draft is good for the canals as is the fin version and has big tanks compared to most including ours.

The MOA owners association is very active too.

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Thanks for that. My initial internet scouring seems to have Moody and Benneteau pegged as good for the size bracket with differing values.

Budget can be upped for the right vessel but if like to narrow down what the consensus is really from those with experience.
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Well the MOA have a forum for potential owners, nothing like asking the existing owners about the merits of a particular boat.

Thinking of buying a Moody ask a question here | Moody Owners Information Exchange
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I'll pop over and have a mooch around. Thanks for the link
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