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Hello,
I am 54 and partner 57. In 2019 or 2020 we want to retire early and sail we think for 5-7 years. We currently live in Holland, and want to sail in the Med when we retire. We have very limited sailing experience at this point. We have enough saved up that we can purchase the boat, do lessons, cover expenses of boat etc.
The original plan was to wait until a year prior to leaving and buy the boat, really focus on the sailing and then leave. The years prior take some more time with vacations sailing with friends, skipper, etc.
We want to buy a 40-43ft boat that is about 4-6 years old. So now the questions...

What is a good option to start with? I feel getting into lessons now, reading, and doing. Make sure we both are enjoying this. ?

The question comes as to when to buy the boat ? It would cost us more to have it sooner of course, but then we could enjoy and learn more as well. The goal now is to continue to save so that is the downside.

How long will it for us to learn enough and feel very comfortable sailing alone on the boat? This is important for me I do not want to feel unsecure.

Because we are not from the sailing world we are not the most handy. An older boat for me means a lot of work. However what is a good age? without buying new which seems crazy.

Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the information! I did not go into full explanation about our experience, but we have sailed a few times with friends in the Med. Granted it is not enough, but we are not totally blind going into this. As for buying a boat we are for sure not looking at doing that yet either.

I like all the comments you make Barry, also because I agree with most of them. It was not discouraging for me either. It only made me feel we have a good chance it will mostly be what we expect and will enjoy.

We lived about 6 months in a VW Van through New Zealand, and AUS so we know small spaces. Living in Holland spaces are also smaller. The repairs on the boat I also agree with you on.

We have been together for 24 years... we have learned some skills about relationships. :)
Never use ice cubes we are european. :)
As for the boat like I said no plans to buy one until we get closer to the goal.
It all was good advice thanks
 

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Ok sounds like a deal. Bring some ice cubes, I will check out this 44' Passport and we will see what we can do. We are not so interested in seeing the world by boat, but the Med and Carib will be enough.
Thanks!
 
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