What am I looking for personally???
so right now budget is £50-£80k* depending on how long I want to wait before 'taking the plunge' but the sooner the better
*However I have just had a nosey on eBay and realised that there are actually boats which (at a glance) look quite reasonable listed for sale there for as little as £25k!
As I have said an Oyster 46 is where my heart really lies, I have been to the yard on Ipswich and had a look over a couple and fell in love!
but I also know that if I wait until that can be a reality i will surely miss out on lots of great sailing adventures in the mean time which could be had on a less erm... "extravagant" boat
As a live-aboard (which is my plan) I am rather taken with the idea of the centre island double bed in the aft cabin like this...
Though it is becoming increasingly apparent that this layout is very rare on smaller boats.
Size wise I have only me and the cat to accommodate right now so don't need a huge amount of space but headroom is definitely important. and on some of the boats I have been looking at even the boats as big as 39ft have (what appear to be) incredibly cramped cabins.
I have been looking at boats between 36-46ft but I realise that sailing short handed is increasingly difficult the bigger the boat...
Though probably about average height at 5'10" I do want to be able to stand up without being concerned about hitting my head!
I like the layout of a separate navigation desk/area with a back support arrangement as this will double as a good place for me to be comfortably be able to work.
until I have got some more experience sailing in coastal and offshore waters my boat will spend most of its life in the marina (as my home)
wow, that still sounds really vague I know, but I have an idea of what I want in my head but I am still struggling to explain it.