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Before you think about the boat, you have to think about yourself first.
Can you actually do it?? Mentally and physically??
Sailing skills to handle the boat, are easy to achieve in 2 months or less, if you practice, however mental skills, (and I mean mind control), are much, much harder, believe me.
Remember you must be prepared to spend at least 30 or more days at sea, alone, day and night, rain or shine.
I have a friend, that sailed solo from NY to Lisbon, in Europe, on a Swedish made 24' boat. (one of those designs whose cabin is also the deck, real ugly boat whose name I can't remember).
He sailed all his life and has sailed several times from Southern Europe to the North Sea prior to that, and cruised many many years.
He told me that he spent 28 days at sea, all the time with the wind from behind, and assured me that it was not easy.
From being sick several days non stop, (try to sail downwind for 8 hours and you will understand), to getting scared by tankers, whales, waves, half sunken containers, you name it.
What really made me write now, was what he told me, few days after he told me his adventure, and that struck me, as being impossible that something like that would have been said by a guy like him.
He actually contemplated jumping off the boat, on more than one occasion, always during the day, and couldn’t figure out why... he would just be looking at the sea, and suddenly feel the urge to jump, and that always seemed like a good thing then !!!!
He said his mind and spirit were abandoning him. What kept him on the boat was the photos of his family he hung on his tether and the fact that he would tie himself when he “felt funny” as he put it.
If you knew this guy, you would never believed his story.
So think about what you are getting into, then think about the boat….humans, by nature are not lonely animals.