Join Date: Mar 2006
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First, please don't spam the forums by posting the exact same thread in multiple forum as you have.
Second, a 45' bluewater cruising boat in ready-to-go shape is going to be difficult to find for your budget, especially since I recommend saving at least 15-20% of the total budget for refitting, upgrading or modifying any boat you do get. Boats are not like cars, and often need some modification to suit the way you are going to use it. I would highly recommend looking more at the 40' size rather than the 45' size.
As for your experience sailing the 40' trimaran, was that a charter? If so, were you the captain or just crew? What other sailing experience do you have???
What is your time frame for purchasing the boat? When do you plan on buying the boat, when do you plan on leaving for this trip.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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