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Re: N. America vs Europe used boat shopping
One thing you should keep in mind is that boats designed to sail in your neck of the woods are not normally concerned with the sort of ventilation one would want in warmer climates. This can make the best boat in Scandinavia the worst one in a Caribbean anchorage.
As for finding a good boat in anywhere else, I sincerely believe the worst thing for a boat is not using it. It may seem that 8 weeks of use is better than 50, but that is not what I have found to be true. It is all about maintenance.
If you buy a boat in Sweden and intend to sail it in the Med, San Diego or Caribbean, you must consider the time, effort and expenditure of moving it. There are so many factors to consider. Each boat is a separate case and must be approached as such.
Good luck in your search.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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