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I'd have to agree with both Cam and CP. You really need to get some experience on some boats and learn how to sail IMHO, before jumping in and buying a boat. By getting experience on several different boats, you'll get some idea of what you're looking for in a boat, which you really don't have as of yet IMHO. There are far better boats out there, but you really have to have an idea of what you want before you can go look for a boat that will perform the way you want it to.
Are you going to be just cruising the Med, coastal hopping, daysailing, racing or a combination of the above? Are you going to be sailing single-handed or with crew? How many people will normally be aboard???
One of the best pieces of advice I've heard about buying a boat is that the "primary use is primary"... so if you want to sail single-handed or as a couple...buy a boat with that as a focus...
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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