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Old 02-07-2007
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A 40' sailboat as your first boat, and one that isn't local to you, is an awfully big committment to make for you. It might make more sense to charter for a few weeks, and then get a smaller boat, back where you live. You don't sound like you've got a whole lot of sailing experience, and unless you have money to burn, keeping a 40' boat where you aren't nearby to do routine maintenance on it is going to get expensive.

Also, cam's point about getting something that is a bit more robust than an oversized coastal cruiser is well worth thinking about. Being a few days from land does mean that you may want to have a bluewater capable boat.
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