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Buying a used boat and putting it in good order for ocean sailing is not as simple as buying a new car--or even a used one. I would expect that it would take a full month to inspect a likely couple of boats, arrange the survey and sea trial on perhaps one of them, perhaps two or three (the first one might fail to qualify), complete the sale, arrange for insurance and flagging the boat back with proper title, and then moving on to more extensive sea trials and refitting--because there is always something that needs to be done.
Petter, even with the best of plans your trip would probably have to start with one month ashore in port, finding and preparing the boat. Two weeks at the very minimum, assuming you were very lucky, expedited everything, and then moved onto the boat for the next two weeks of refitting. You'd have to move like a madman to complete a boat sale (from scratch) in less than one week, and pay top dollar to get a boat that really didn't need any work or have any surprises.
Can your schedule accomodate that?
Finding a suitable boat may also be more of an issue, if you are looking for something suitable for Scandinavia, the boats are generally built differently than they would be for the warm weather Carribean charter market, where a premium is put on space below, opening ports, ventilation, often shoal draft, as opposed to staying dry and snug in north atlantic storms.
One hopes your friend is familiar with the differences.