We have come to learn that buying a boat is all about compromise. A centre cockpit boat generally has a large aft cabin with a queen size bed you can get out of either side, but the cockpit tends to be smaller; mass production boats such as Beneteau are lighter therefore better in the light winds of the Med and Caribbean but less than optimal in big seas; longer boats, more living space but higher marina fees and bigger sail area to handle when short-handed; and so it goes on. Of course, for us, price was also a big consideration. Continue reading Buying a boat – it’s all about compromise
Once we had decided to sail off into the Blue Yonder, much of the planning, surely, had to involve the buying of a boat?
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a couple in possession of a quarter of their pension, must be in want of a boat.” to paraphrase Jane Austin.
Who would have thought it would be so tricky? After my initial forays into the delights of websites like Yachtworld and Apollo Duck! (I kid you not!) I soon realised there was more to it. MUCH more. Continue reading Finding a Boat