Firstly a hello to all
I have been a leisure sailor since the age of 15 and love sailing and generally being out on the water.
However, all of my sailing has been smaller craft, the usual, toppers, lasers, wayfarers, hobby-cats etc.
I recently sold my last boat 27' soling.
My life-style has changed somewhat of late with a new career change also, this means I am now working from home (thus I could do my work from anywhere) this got me thinking about fulfilling a dream...
So I am now starting to look into the realities of buying a small yacht as a permanent live-aboard.
Storage space will not be a problem as I have spent years on the road, so my worldly belongings have been parred right down anyway.
I'm looking at something between 36-42ft in length.
I believe (though please correct me if I'm wrong) this will be big enough to be comfortable year-round and small enough that I can sail her single handed.
I will be the only permanent resident though having (convertible) space for occasional guests (nieces, nephews etc) would be nice.
A few things I must have, decent shower and toilet facilities, and also decent size galley.
I openly admit I currently know nothing about boats of this size or the realities of living on-board. save for those stories related to me by my father but his boat is very different (a 1960's broads river cruiser).
I will sooner or later want to venture forth from the marina and sail down to the Mediterranean (for starters).
Al though I am a confident sailor, I plan to get myself through STCW95, day skipper and Yacht-masters eventually.
Are there any particular boats/makes/models which are more suited than others?
Any recommended reading/resources?
Budget is a factor, but flexible(ish) around £40-50k (GBP)
But I am not averse to (if recommended) to buying something cheaper and spending some money on it to bring it up to scratch.
Any advice gratefully recieved