Join Date: Jul 2007
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Re: Looking towards a cruising life
I have to agree about the starting small and work your way up meme. You won't be saving a penny and loosing a lot of them for sure... wasting time buying surveying and selling. Of course it's hard to know what size boat you need for how you will be sailing... And that's the hurdle. I suppose with the internet you can survey and find the boat size, type, age etc. owned by others doing what you want to.
You can start a thread and ask people to discuss the limitations of the size boat they have, what they feel is missing and so on. People change boats for reasons... find out the reasons. Those reasons likely include... comfort, stowage, speed... ease of operation, number or berths, head arrangement, construction technology, style, sea kindliness and so on. Most people I suppose figure this out by committing to a boat and then over time the issues are revealed.
Come boats have a proven reputation as cruisers. I am sure you can find data about this. Look at SSCA . Seven Seas Cruising Association. These are world cruisers and they have lead you to reliable sources of information from people who are out there doing it.
Of course there are some SN people who are knowledgeable and have done or are presently doing what you think you want to do. Good luck.
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