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Re: buying a 38 foot boat
When people ask about the boat they should buy, my suggestion is first to look at the livability of the boat. It is going to be your home, at sea sometimes, but mostly anchored or docked.
There are dozens of boats some consider seaworthy and others don't but none of them will be living aboard the boat you choose.
Following this theory, first, find a few well-reputed boats that you find are comfortable homes, then deal with those that you or whomever you are taking advice from suggest are suitable for your intended voyages.
If you aren't experienced sailors, then beg, borrow or charter a number of boats and spend some time on them to see if they would make a comfortable home.
A week or so back, the discussion as to which boats are comfortable in a rolly anchorage came up and there were many interesting posts. Then there are the boats that sail wildly at anchor, snapping around when they come tight on their anchor rode.
Many of the most respected ocean cruising boats are not very comfortable liveaboards.
"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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