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Re: Im buying a big boat! But i have never sailed
Have you found a marina to keep her in? A slip for a boat that size won't come too cheap. Are you prepared for that monthly expense?
A boat that size is not a trailer sailor. Hauling, launching and rigging her is not going to be inexpensive....trucking costs, permits, launching expenses...unless of course you have alot of money, so no big deal there. Just keep her at that estate she's at now and have her hauled/launched when you want to sail then recovered/hauled back to her dry storage. Serious pain and expense for a 38' ferro boat.
Although making passage to Italy and the Med is a great and doable goal....really what you'll be getting into is a new weekend and holiday way of life. Weekends aboard at the marina, or out in a nice little cove somewhere....sailing during the day and overnighting either on the hook or back at the marina. A boat that size will be very comfortable for this...a weekend home away from home. It's a sailing lifestyle....and you'll meet many others at the marina who do the same....making new friends....and getting together in groups for a sail during the day, then drinks and steaks on the grill in the evening. When you go to take your vacation, you'll look at adventures like making it all the way around the big island!
It will be alot of fun, and a new lifestyle for you. The actual "sailing" is the easy part...don't sweat that. Sailing is like golf.....anyone can hoist canvas and grab wind, just like anyone can hit a ball, chase it, hit it again until it goes in the cup.
Doing either one of them well.....that's a whole other issue.
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