Hi everyone, New to this forum but not to sailing. Based in southern Ireland
and cruised western Europe
in a Condor 31 canoe sterned long keeler. Sold
it when the kids
were young and things were tighter almost a decade ago. Big mistake, but ready to re-start the dream. Have been doing the odd delivery
, and chartering (in the Med) for the last 8 years. I've been researching value vs suitability for the last year, and have found that while European production boats offer the best in this area as the kids
grow and share summer cruises, what (I think) I'm really looking for is a blue water
proven long keeler, or medium to heavy displacement
skegged yacht, which I have mainly seen for sale
in the U.S.
I know that long term cruising
is in my future, but am still constrained by the educational issues of three kids under 12. To this end, I also know if you wait long enough for the right time to go, your life will pass you by. At least I now have the comfort of starting again from scratch, sharing advice
etc., and having that bit more experience in life and sailing I don't want to rush into a purchase
I might regret later.
I have put some research
into the following makes, and wonder if any forum members would have any thoughts or experience of them. Also with the U.S. makes, has anybody purchased there and shipped or sailed back to Europe
- I am having difficulty nailing down just how much importation tax has to be paid to register here, or if an offshore registration
would limit use or stay length in Europe.
345, aluminium centreboarder favoured by Jimmy Cornell.
Hans Christian and Lord Nelson
double enders. Passport and Hylas
from the U.S. side, Rustler and Tradewind more locally. I have been most impressed, however, by the Crealock
range, hence the importation question. Burning to get back on the water
, so here's the rub - buy a Dufour
and get the kids acquainted, or continue researching and saving for a few more years to get something for the longer term . . or a combination of both, trading up in a few years!!?? 43 now, would like to set a realistic target of 5 to 7 years to slip the lines completely.
Fair winds to everybody, this forum seems really useful . . if anything, it's accelerated the adrenalin! Thanks in advance to anyone with a comment!