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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Can I live on a 26ft Vega/Nic/Contessa/Sadler?

    Though not bilge keel, Helcyon 27, previous owners of our boat, a couple, spent 3 years living on board during a cruise to America, Caribbean and Med.

    Brian
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  2. #42
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    Default Re: Can I live on a 26ft Vega/Nic/Contessa/Sadler?

    Look at the Hunter/Legend H260 https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/hunter-260 Hunter is the US brand and Legend is the UK's.
    Loads of room for one, bit of a Tardis really. It will probably come with a twin axle trailer. Last year in the UK one went for 5K which imo was a cheap boat. Just a thought.

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Can I live on a 26ft Vega/Nic/Contessa/Sadler?

    A 26 footer is sub 8 metres, a 27 footer is just over 8 metres. A 32 footer is sub 10 metres, a 33 footer is just over 10m. So depending on how the marina you're thinking of charges this can make quite a big difference. Some marinas will, if they catch the merest whiff of your boat being over what you say it is (or what it nominally is) will come and helpfully measure it for you so that you may know it's true length. They may also do this if there's anything vaguely permanently mounted that sticks off the bow or stern...

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Can I live on a 26ft Vega/Nic/Contessa/Sadler?

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpygit View Post
    Look at the Hunter/Legend H260 https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/hunter-260 Hunter is the US brand and Legend is the UK's.
    Loads of room for one, bit of a Tardis really. It will probably come with a twin axle trailer. Last year in the UK one went for 5K which imo was a cheap boat. Just a thought.
    Hunter (US) feet are long feet - for any given size, the Hunter Legend seems to give you more accomodation than the European equivalent.

  5. #45
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    Default Re: Can I live on a 26ft Vega/Nic/Contessa/Sadler?

    Hi. Another new member here finding this thread very interesting. My partner and I are planning something similar and taking our two cats, we're also based in Liverpool and have done our fair share of time in tents. We've fallen in love with the Trident Warrior 35, there's not many for sale though and we won't be buying until after summer, so we're also looking at the 30-33ft/£10-20k range and really like the Sadler 32. The plan is to haul whichever boat we get out the water and do any refitting and maintenance/upgrades over winter before setting out for the med and then across the atlantic after that. I have a background in engineering and I'm confident with electrics and electronics so the thought of doing any work to the boat is not too daunting... Learning to sail however IS rather daunting lol. Beyond one experience sailing a Topper as a kid I have only spent a lot of time reading the theory, and I've managed to apply some of it with the use of a simulator called Esail, I have found it to be an incredibly useful tool in consolodating the theory of operating a sailboat, but it's certainly not a substitute for real life hands on experience, and i'm still struggling to grasp navigation beyond the very basics. The RYA day skipper course seems to be the best way forward from here.

    We actually bought a Catalina 22 a few years ago when we had just the one cat and lived aboard whilst going up and down the canals through winter. It was a miserable experience to say the least, and it certainly made me reevaluate my expectations, not least where size and cost are concerned. I ended up on my own for the last couple of months of being on that boat and it was slightly more comfortable, but 23ft really is too small and only marginally better than roughing it in a tent in my experience. It was the lack of headroom that was more of a problem than anything, and fighting condensation was a neverending battle in such a small space. I've only seen pictures of a Sadler 26, but my guess is if we had bought soemthing that size I think we would have found the whole experience actually somewhat enjoyable, and for one person who is used to small spaces they seem perfectly adequate. We intend to keep sailing for as long as we can though, so we would like as much room as we can get, we did look at the 38-40ft boats and they are really nice but they are just too expensive. I would much rather get a slightly smaller boat and spend the extra money ensuring it is completely sound and getting to know the boat inside out before setting out on our voyage.
    Last edited by lewsail; 02-06-19 at 05:09.

  6. #46
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    Default Re: Can I live on a 26ft Vega/Nic/Contessa/Sadler?

    Get a sadler 29 ,,, a guy lived on one in med for 13 yrs.

  7. #47
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    Default Re: Can I live on a 26ft Vega/Nic/Contessa/Sadler?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scomber View Post
    Get a sadler 29 ,,, a guy lived on one in med for 13 yrs.
    Thanks - I does seem to tick a lot of boxes and is my price range.

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