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post #5 of Old 08-21-2007
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Which is all to say, you need to tell us more about yourself and your sailing plans in order for us to provide meaningful suggestions.To provide a meaningful answer to your inquiry we really need more information such as;

-How many people will typically be aboard the boat when you are sailing?
-Will you be living aboard?
-How physically fit are you?
-How experienced are you?
-Where do you plan to sail this boat?
-Have you owned a boat before?
-Are you good at repairs and maintenance?
-Do you have a particular aesthetic sense of what you like or dislike?
-You mention a list of very antiquated rigs. Is there a reason that these rigs appeal to you?
-and so on......

To be frank, you sound like you are just getting into the sport and yet are considering a very ambitious undertaking for your first boat. I mean no disrespect since we all had to start somewhere. Like any other major skill set in life, developing the skills to own, sail, and maintain a big boat takes a while to develop and ideally occurs through some kind of orderly internship, where you start with developing basic skills in smaller and simpler craft and then expand your knowledge from there. In other words, if indeed you are starting out in sailing then perhaps you should think of scaling back a little to perhaps a less than 30 foot coastal cruiser and get lots of sailing time on other people's boats, to learn how to sail and maintain a boat, develop your own tastes in boats and rigs, and then work your way up to buying your ultimate cruising boat.

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