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View Poll Results: Best boat to sail around the world ?
Alberg 30 1 4.35%
Pearson 35 0 0%
Westsail 32 4 17.39%
Tartan 37 2 8.70%
Jeanneau Gin Fizz 37 0 0%
Tayana 37 9 39.13%
Downeaster 32 0 0%
Pacific Seacraft Mariah 31 6 26.09%
Southern Cross 31 0 0%
Island Packet 31 1 4.35%
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Best boat to sail around the world ?

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I am posting for advise on how to choose a boat to sail around the world. My girlfriend and I have saved 50,000 to put toward a sailboat. We are a young couple so I want a very safe boat and also want to set sail ASAP! I guess you get what you pay for but can we comfortably and safely get by with a 50,000 boat? As experienced sailors what would you recommend?
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Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

You are going to get quite the response to this as it has been asked in the past many times. The boats you have listed are VERY different from each other to say the least. But, welcome to sailnet and try to take the responses with a think skin as some may be "sharp" to say the least. Good luck in your planning and enjoy!

And with that, I get to sit back with my ole buddy Costanza and enjoy the show.

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Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

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... I guess you get what you pay for but can we comfortably and safely get by with a 50,000 boat? As experienced sailors what would you recommend?
That you get some experience before you even consider sailing around the world.

Anyone who has to ask this question shouldn't be sailing around the world anytime soon...
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... I guess you get what you pay for but can we comfortably and safely get by with a 50,000 boat? As experienced sailors what would you recommend?
That you get some experience before you even consider sailing around the world.

Anyone who has to ask this question shouldn't be sailing around the world anytime soon...
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Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

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That you get some experience before you even consider sailing around the world.

Anyone who has to ask this question shouldn't be sailing around the world anytime soon...
Unlike the Bumfuzzles, right?
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Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

Did the Bumfuzzles post such an astute poll before departing?
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Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

See what I mean? Life for a new sailor is tough on sailnet, but better than other places out there. To give you some more help...

Great very positive thread on many boats, must read;
Interesting Sailboats

This is a great blog on sailing and a big boat purchase
The Smack Boys & Their Yacht : BFSshop.com, is the official home of BFS Gear for Big Freakin Sails!

Do some searching and read alot. You may even find my first posts trying to decide between a First and a Valiant.
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Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

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My girlfriend and I have saved 50,000 to put toward a sailboat. We are a young couple so I want a very safe boat and also want to set sail ASAP! I guess you get what you pay for but can we comfortably and safely get by with a 50,000 boat?
I would say it is doable given this budget. He is what I would do:
Get a Southern Cross like that: 1979 Southern Cross 31 C E Ryder Southern Cross 31 sailboat for sale in Massachusetts
You should be able to negotiate the price down to 30 grand, easy. It looks like a solid, well kept boat, but I would get a survey from a reputable surveyor specializing in offshore boats. The other 20 grand has to go towards the gear and upgrades you will need for this trip.
Brace yourself for a lot of flak from experienced sailors here. But it is for your own good. It is quite a trip you guys are planning, and folks here are a wealth of experience. Just do not be discouraged!
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Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

Here is a nice PS Mariah in the same price range:
http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/36760
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Re: Best boat to sail around the world ?

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I am posting for advise on how to choose a boat to sail around the world. My girlfriend and I have saved 50,000 to put toward a sailboat. We are a young couple so I want a very safe boat and also want to set sail ASAP! I guess you get what you pay for but can we comfortably and safely get by with a 50,000 boat? As experienced sailors what would you recommend?
Here's my personal Top 10 Affordable (~$50k) Bluewater Sailboats. Some of my list matches your poll, some doesn't.

There are plenty of other "best bluewater sailboat" lists floating around the internet, but you'll find no two alike.
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