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post #4 of Old 08-11-2006
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What do you mean by sailing long distance? Are you going to be making ocean passages, going from LA to Hawaii? Are you going to be doing the ICW? Are you going to sailing on the Great Lakes? Are you going to be doing laps of a small land-locked lake... All of these are ways to sail long distances, although the last is a bit ridiculous.

Where are you going to be sailing/living aboard?

What are your skills as a sailor?

Are you going to be singlehanding?

What is your budget for the boat?

What is your budget for maintenance?

Also, how tall are you? If you're exceptionally tall or short, that can make a difference in what boat to get.

Will you be doing your own maintenance, in which case engine access is more necessary, or be having a marina do it all?

BTW, having two heads, while convenient, can lead to a lot more maintenance/repair problems more often than not. Unless your planning on sailing with several crew on board for very long passages, a single head may be the wiser choice.

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