First of all, thank you for the welcome and all of the responses.
thanks for the good advice, and for the insight about the distinction between "coastal cruisers/liveonboard" and "bluewater". I was not aware that some sailboats were more equal than others.
Actually, I have spoken with some skippers who have sailed Beneteaus
to Brazil for importers. I believe there were some issues with cabinetry not closing properly after the trip, but I was not told anything disparaging about seaworthiness. Of course, the internal shifting must indicate some undesirable torsion of the hull...I would imagine.
I don't have much experience, just a deep desire for a life change. and therefore I am deeply grateful for all the information and advice from you experienced sailors. Some have given me the same advice as you: to start with a 32 to 35 footer to gain experience. But I also realize that the comfort factor is critical for me and that I will probably stay put in Brazil for a while making short trips between Ubatuba, Paraty, Angra and Rio.
why is teak a problem? Thank you for the tip on the Passports. By the way, I live on a farm here in Brazil and plant teak and cedro maria (another hardwood for naval construction)!
thanks for the welcome.
thanks for the info on ACR.
copacabana: e aŪ, camarada!
thanks for your input. I want to let you know that a brand new law has come into effect that will allow foreign boats to remain legally here for 2 full years (yes!)...then you have to take a trip to Uruguay for a little while and come back for 2 more. I think that given the cost differential with our domestic prices, it's become much more viable for us to purchase one and not have it registered here....and the added benefit of less bureaucratic hassle. you guessed right, I'm in lovely Ubatuba. Do send an email if you are nearby. I would be curious to know about your experience here.
yes, for now, mostly a home. I will look into the models you mentioned. Thank you. By the way, many people have mentioned it is cost-effective to build your own vessel here. I have lots of space to work with, there are lots of great hardwoods here, but no experience either with woodworking or fiberglass. I would be afraid of making critical building mistakes that would compromise safety. My original inclination was to leave it to the pros, but I don't discard the idea to be honest. I would actually like the idea of making it just as I want it.
Again, thanks for all the replies. Best wishes to everyone.