I've popped in and out of this forum for quite a while, mostly looking at OpenCPN
thread I admit. Time to contribute I think.
Currently I sail a nice Nicholson 26, Ladybird of Rhu,
around the Firth of Clyde and, when time permits, outside the Mull of Kintyre and the Western Isles.
Before that I had a 2.5 Ton Hillyard, a restoration project
that inoculated me against wooden boats.
Going back further I sailed a 9m Catalac
and spent 5 years based in Tunisia
(working) and cruising the central Med. It was tough, but someone had to do it.
The first boat
I bought was a bilge-keel Westerly Windrush, a 26 foot bilge
keeler well suited to Morecambe bay and the Irish Sea as I spent a lot of time sitting on the putty waiting on the tide coming back in.