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Re: Im buying a big boat! But i have never sailed
Consensus of the respondents is:
1. Ferro is not a great idea and there is a reason why they are no longer built. F/C is not "flimsy", by the way.
2. Insurance will be difficult to obtain. Note that fire and theft insurance is not what's being discussed - insurance for damage to your or other's vessel is different
3. Sailing to Italy in this boat, with you current level of experience, is not a good idea. The Bay of Biscay can be brutal.
4 The boat is probably being offered at a much higher price than is warranted, regardless of how much has been put into it. Comparable sales don't seem to warrant a $50k asking price.
5. A pre-purchase survey by a surveyor experienced with this material is mandatory.
I will note that SailNet members have a great deal of experience in these matters and are providing honest, unbiased opinions. However, every concern has been met with what appears to be opposition so I suspect that your decision is already made.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"