Thanks to everyone that has posted so far. Your comments have been very helpful, but please do not let me give you the impression that I have completely made up my mind on the Oceanis 40. If you know of a better coastal cruiser for the money, I am open to suggestions and welcome your comments.
However, I would also like to ask the following question: If I were to decide to do some bluewater sailing, what are your suggestions for the best used boat I could get for around $175,000? Please keep in mind that I plan to buy this boat in Turkey, so some american models that come to mind may not be very easy to find.
Also, what sorts of things should I watch out for when trying to find a relatively problem-free used boat? I have heard many comments about avoiding charter boats. Is the standard procedure to find something that looks good and then have a marine surveyor take a look at it?
Last edited by sailingguy123; 02-07-2007 at 10:28 PM.