Re: Rallying call .....
I see where NIgel is coming from too, but don't really see the need for a seperate forum. There are plenty of sub 30-footers who participate on PBO and Scuttlebutt, regardless.
On the subject of first boats - our Moody 346 is the first boat we have owned ourselves ....... but please don't assume that I am new to sailing.... even though I do ask stupid questions from to time.
I started as a kid, wading around in the mud of Chichester harbour, when my father had a 14foot clinker dayboat moored there. Later we had a Leisure 17, Prelude (19), Macwester Rowan 22 and finally a Seal.
Many others will have sailed on a number of boats in different ways before buying their own. Careers, families and finances all have a bearing on when folk make their first investment and hence what is most appropriate.
So its not always reasonable to assume that owning a boat for the first time equates to being a total novice.
was BIGNICK, SkyTalk, MoodyNick in the past.