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post #5 of Old 11-03-2004
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20 Year Old Needs Boat Buying Advice


Actually, I''m a bit strapped for time right now. But some of us have been lucky enough to get a lot of help from others when we were essentially clueless and hungry for info, and so we try to help others. And it sounds like you need help, given the task you''ve set for yourself.

There''s no real ''danger'' to a dinette + linear galley (IOW the sink/icebox/stove amenities are lined up along one side of the main cabin with a table and seats on the opposite side). But you really should have at least one decent seaberth (two would be better...but so would lots of things) and if the boat''s layout doesn''t offer a quarterberth, your only other option is to sleep on a long settee with a lee cloth holding you in the berth (which won''t exist in your dinette layout). You probably won''t be able to sleep up in the V-berth while at sea, as there''s too much motion up there for most folks to get comfortable, let alone drop off for some good rest. That''s especially true going against wind and waves while working your way down island.

Don''t forget you owe us a revisit from time to time, to let us know how The Plan is coming together...

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