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Hello ladies and gentlemen of the sailing community,

I am new here and only created a profile on this forum, and basically the reason I am writing this post is to ask for advice from some of the more experience people out here.

First, some background to why I am interested in boats. I have always been fascinated with the oceans, and love being on the water on a boat. I have lived all my life by some ocean or the other, and so I can pretty much say boats have been an interest to me since I was young.

That said, the main idea I am trying to get straight in my mind is the following. I am interested in buying a decent sail boat, something to the maximum cost of $100,000. It has to be a boat that I can also live on when moored in the marina. I intend to use this as a permanent living space for a few years, since at the moment, the place I live and work has very expensive housing, I pay something around $16,000 per year between house rent and utilities, so I was wondering if I could use my savings to buy the boat, and spend a portion of what I spend now for rent and such, to live on and to maintain the boat, and pay for fuel, repairs and mooring. The city I intend to move to will have much more expensive house rents and utility costs, so on the long run I believe the investment will pay off, at least for the next few years while I am still single and can afford to spend my time on the boat.

So what do you guys say? Is the life on a boat fun? Or something that should be avoided? Does my idea make sense? What boat would you recommend for a newbie to the sailing world, to live on comfortably, and to learn the ropes of sailing, and hopefully someday to sail on bigger waters and go on week long cruises?

And, if all of this sound silly, do mention why you think so, any and all feedback is appreciated.

Cheers :)

PS: I will be paying for the boat from savings, so if $100,000 is a bit too much for a newbie boat, I would be more than happy to pay less and invest the rest into something else :p
 

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Hey guys,

Thanks a lot for the feedback it is really helpful and enlightening.

Ok heres some more details. I live and work in Dubai, and house rents here are crazy. Like i said, my yearly rental fees are $16,000, and on top of that I pay around $500 per month utility bills, so another $6,000 a year for bills.

I intend to move to Sydney in 2 years for good, as I have a Permanent residency visa and intend to migrate there and build my life there, and having visited Sydney past February, I saw rents there are as crazy as Dubai if I want to live in the city and not in the suburbs.

So with this new piece of information, what would you guys recommend? I have been researching boats and a Hans Christian 42' or so sounds awesome, with enough space for living, and a nice deck for hanging out, and looks just like my dream boat. It is just an idea, a potential candidate so to speak, so some feedback on that is also appreciated, keeping in mind Id like to take up sailing as a hobby some day when I can afford to do it as often as I like to, and some lone cruises might be an option to consider also.

Looking forward to your amazing feedback :)
 
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