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1st boat purchase - advice needed please

Hi
This is my first post to this site, so I hope I'm doing things correctly
Anyway, I've recently done a lot of RYA sailing exams - theory & practical, compressed into 13 weeks full time. I love sailing and now need to get lots of practical time on the water. I've decide I want to buy a live a board and sail off for the next year or so, round the med and canary islands etc.

I'm 6 2 height.

I want to be able to sail single and short handed. I'm thinking under 12 metres length

I need some help with what boats people think would be a good starter boat, major things to consider and any other good advice people can give

Thanks in advance, Simon
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Re: 1st boat purchase - advice needed please

Hi Simon... I would suggest you start with an older boat.. and a strongly built boat.. they're easy to sail solo and have a fraction over 6ft headroom..
I sailed and lived aboard a Westerly Longbow for 4 years taking her from the UK across the Biscay and down the W. coast of Europe and into and around the Med.
They're tiller steered which gives the cheaper AP system and all the sheets can be handled while steering with the tiller between your legs.. mine had a windlass with dual controls so I could drop/raise the hook from the cockpit.. slab reefing with lazy jacks and roller furling.
Awesome storage space compared to any modern production boat and a salon area to port that can convert to a double berth... brilliant sea berth one can leap straight out off in an emergency... stbd is the galley and a large chart table.
Topsides they look a bit VW camperish... but down below where it counts the fin keel version is a sweet performing beauty.
Pick up a decent one for around £15-£22K
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Re: 1st boat purchase - advice needed please

If you're going to sail in the Med, you might want to look at the boats that are popular there. We could suggest something like a Baba or a Flicker, but if they aren't available where you are, or more importantly, where you want to be, then the suggestions won't do you any good. Start looking at the listings, then come back with a list of boats that you think look interesting. Most here will tell you to get aboard as many boats as possible before buying, and that is excellent advice, but in your case it may make sense to do a little "window shopping" first.
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My suggestion is to grab a few books, such as Beth Leonard's The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising, and Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook.
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Re: 1st boat purchase - advice needed please

Some idea of budget would be good.

I am a liveaboard and single hand some of the time. I had a 38 footer and am happy with my current 44 foot cutter, a lightweight boat compared to some. The cutter or ketch rig has benefits in terms of ease of sail handling if you go large.

In the Med and Canaries opportunities to live on the hook are getting to be rare so marina charges are a factor. You might want to look at something that is just under the charge parameter break points. Often sub 12 m is significantly cheaper.

The Med has a reputation for having either too little wind or too much so motoring is a frequent mode of sailing. So look for a low hours engine or budget for a replacement at some time.

How are you going to get to the Med. If considering the French Canal route check water and air draft limitations before buying.
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My suggestion is to grab a few books, such as Beth Leonard's The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising, and Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook.
Thank you for sharing about The Voyager's Handbook. It is a wonderful, complete source for preparing for a voyage, and a host of other things to add to a boat owner's checklist!
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