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Need help and advice, buying first time sailboat
You''ll probably get several responses to your query (hopefully), and if you''ve checked out other posts on this BB the theme of "I''m chucking it all and going to sea" is a recurring one.
What you are suggesting (if you are really serious) is a big time undertaking. Beyond suggesting specific boats, I wonder if you and your family of 4 or 5? are really prepared and up to taking this step.
You mention a power boat. What kind? How much and what kind of boating have you done? Any extended cruising? Any sailing experience?
What sort of "go sailing" do you have in mind? Adventurous transits to exotic locales, or modest, coast-hugging journeys?
I don''t mean to discourage you or burst the bubble of your dream. Does your whole family share your itch to weigh anchor and sail away?
I met a couple with a young baby who were basically living on a 70 foot wooden schooner. Their life revolved around caring for and maintaining this boat, and it gave them endless adventure, joy, hard work, and all the other things that come with the challenge of living in a floating house bobbing around on the ocean. I don''t know how they came to decide on their chosen lifestyle; maybe they had stars in their eyes, maybe they were realists who knew how much hard work and struggle they were letting themselves in for. Maybe they were compelled by the realization that there was no other life for them than life aboard a beautiful old boat at sea.
The great thing about sailboats is you can "try out" for the sailing life. If your dream in life involves being reincarnated, there''s no way to realize your dream except to die and hope you do get reincarnated. But when it comes to sailing off into the horizon, there are praticial things to do to test your (and your family''s) preparedness for, and compatibility with, long term life on a sailboat.