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    Hi all

    Well just back on the forum again and after some wonderful advice last time we are now setting our plans in full action. But one thing is puzzling us somewhat. As we are looking to sail away our early retirement years, we will be looking at a boat capable of doing potentially around the world. So with this in mind we have started looking and there is a world of difference between boats. What should we be looking at and possibly what makes would you recommend?

    Thanks again P2S

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    Quote Originally Posted by Power2Sail View Post
    Hi all

    Well just back on the forum again and after some wonderful advice last time we are now setting our plans in full action. But one thing is puzzling us somewhat. As we are looking to sail away our early retirement years, we will be looking at a boat capable of doing potentially around the world. So with this in mind we have started looking and there is a world of difference between boats. What should we be looking at and possibly what makes would you recommend?

    Thanks again P2S

    All a question of how deep your pockets are and how spartan or not you wish your life to be. An Anderson 22 comes highly recommended.

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    And it comes in two version, feet and metres.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fr J Hackett View Post
    All a question of how deep your pockets are and how spartan or not you wish your life to be. An Anderson 22 comes highly recommended.
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    There is such a range and people happily do it in Bavaria/Jeanneau/Beneteau production boats through to steel monoliths almost capable of ice breaking.

    The aft cockpit production boats are designed for warm weather sailing and the living conditions are therefore much more suitable for the normal Med, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean than a boat designed to withstand Artic and Southern Ocean conditions.

    People seem to have strong fixed opinions even about the warm weather routes and my take on it is that the boats people choose are based on their own dreams about the voyage - if you see yourself as Joshua Slocum or Shackleton braving the elements you wear life jackets and foul weather gear to the pub and have a steel schooner and if you dream about diving into turquoise anchorages you wear boxer shorts in a rain squall and concentrate on lots of opening window, sunshade everywhere and a big fridge for the wine.

    Both types sailing the same oceans but the rufty-tufty ones seem to remember storms more vividly as part of their narrative compared to the others who remember that perfect beach bar.

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    First, as others have said, how deep is your wallet? Do you want centre cockpit with aft cabin or aft cockpit? Our own choice when looking was around 38 - 40ft, centre cockpit, avoiding spade rudders and high aspect keels.

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    Thanks for the replies so far, Budget will be upwards of 250k. it could be as much as 400k but that does depend on investments etc. If all goes well it could be the 400+K. But if everything goes crap it could be 150K

    But looking at around 300k for the boat ?

    Thanks

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    Remember CATS are also an option great space to live aboard
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    Take a look at the larger Island Packets.

    Might well fit the bill. They are very good for the tropics, well insulated and good ventilation. Also, perhaps quite important, they were designed to be sailed by a mature couple.

    Remember-all boats are a compromise. I suggest you put your must haves in one column and your nice to haves in another and see what comes closest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingGoose View Post
    Remember CATS are also an option great space to live aboard
    Agreed, with that budget I’d go for a catamaran - you will love not rolling on those long tradewind passages and not rolling at anchor when you get there. And of course barely heeling when you spend a few days sailing upwind.

    But is that the image you dream about? Chartering in the sorts of areas you might sail will give you an idea of what you and don’t like and most importantly will give you a comparison of space and light and ventilation compared to the traditional blue water types that people will keep recommending.

    And centre cockpit - really? That aft swimming platform is your stepless front door to the quay and to your dinghy and an aft cockpit is so much roomier and will be your living area with downstairs just for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen.

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