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Well hello to everyone, firstly let me introduce myself, real name is Darin, however i am fool hardy by nature. Originally from Scotland but living and working in South Korea. I have recently found an interest in sailing, well when i say recently maybe around a year and a half ago and my interest thus far has been books, blogs, internet etc. Anyway my plan is when i finsh here i intend, with my better half to by a boat, live aboard and hopefully see the world, preferably without sinking, although that maybe be part of the journey.

Anyway the help i require is the following, as you will see from above i am an absolute novice, actually not sure why my username is Capt. Foolhardy but there you go kind of sums me up. Anyway looking to buy a boat when the time is right, sail would by my choice, 35-39 footer, sloop. Question is i like the simplicity and clean lines of the more modern boat, Beneteau, Bavaria and Jenneau, however not sure which would be the best option, now i do appreciate all 3 will have there pros and cons, however i wondered what the more experinced sailors thoughts would be on the above.

So i will leave it at that, those who do reply i will thank you for and those who dont well thanks for reading anyway.
 

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Hi White74,

Thanks for your reply.

Initially we would be looking at sailing the med, however, would like to be able to take it through the canal to the red sea in the future. There would only be 2 of us me and the other half so felt that a modern sloop might be the best option. Although i still need to spring that on her....lol. I thought the 35-39 footer would be best as its a liveaboard and space would be a requirement. As said we would be living aboard full time so although i appreicate we cant have all that an apartment offers we would like to have as many home comforts as possible.

Glad for the feedback and if possible any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Hi Donna,

Thanks for the feedback. no you havent missed it, i havent been sailing before, ever!!

I have been interested for a whie and yes i guess i picture sunsets and cocktails, however through research i am aware that it is a huge responsibility both financially and maintenance wise, however still have the desire to proceed.

I am currently working in South Korea, Seoul and unfortunately there is no real sailing community, there is one Marina, however no classes provided in English, which isnt surprising really.

Between now and finishing here it is our intention to take sailing classes as vacations in Malaysia and although this will clearly not make me an expert its a start.

My plan is to buy a sailboat probably 2016 so doing the research now to try and decide on what option would be best, budget around 80K usd.

Your feedback is valued and will be followed during vacations/sailing classes, additional comments would be appreciated.

Darin
 

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Hey Erindipity,

Thanks for the info, had a look at the Yacht clubs mentioned and there does appear to an expat one, great news, have left a message so hopefully will hear back shortly.

Yachtworld?.......lol..never off the website mate some lovely boats ripe for picking, only problem is which one!! as i said i have lots of time, however do like the look of the Jeanneau 32 or 36!

Yeah i am aware of the surveyor point, have done lots of research and although foolhardy by nature i am also Scottish so, before any further comments are made, i am cautious when it comes to parting with my hard earned!

Thanks for the feedback and will make sure the kitty is well fed!
 

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Yeah Jeju is a bit of a distance away from Seoul, unfortunately.

Havent seen any boating here in Korea, however now in the process of joining a Boat club here in Seoul, so will hopefully get the opportunity to see a lot more.

Anyone who reads this do they have any thoughts on the Jennaeu 35 (2005 onwards)

Thanks
 
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