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Originally posted by Isis

http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/534931/warning-after-inflatable-dinghy-rescue


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Tends to be the old-fashioned boats that do well in rough seas - strongly built, long keels, overhangs - everything I'm asuming you would hate in a yacht?

http://www.co32.org/

Plenty of Contessa 32's have been globe trotting.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Isis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 13 at 12:38am
Not dead, just lurking.

As for whether any particular boat can survive a transat comfortably; well that depends a whole lot on your definition of comfort. At your age you might need to bump the budget up a bit!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RS400atC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 13 at 9:41am
Originally posted by iGRF

So, imagine you've had enough of it all and want to bugger off, maybe single handed, and you have a sub 40 grand budget, with the idea of maybe a bit of stooging around the med, then perhaps the Arc and winter in the Caribbean, what would you go for...


Of that 40k, a lot will be eaten up in costs in the Med.
It is generally  an expensive game.
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40K would just about get you a week's charter of this:
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 13 at 8:59pm
Originally posted by JohnW

40K would just about get you a week's charter of this:


Wow.
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there is a min size ruleing for the arc and you would stuggle to get 15k change out of the stuff u need for it, i have a few customers at the moment who are planning on doing it and they are adding40-50k to get their boats ready
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Having done the packing it all in and sailing away for a couple of years with my partner (and now spouse) I would strongly recommend getting a boat that your intended crew can handle comfortably.  Anything bigger than about 34' is going to be too big a handful for mooring, docking, reefing for two people unless you have a lot of electronics and motorised support equipment (and that is all going to be broken within 6 months of pushing off).  We saw so many couples struggling and fighting to control their very flash 45'-50' boats, when we could handle our 30' boat in pretty much anything.  As others have mentioned many older designs are very seaworthy.

Absolutely the best thing I ever did, and once the kids have left home, we'll be off again.  We are a bit older now so we'll probably get a 34' with a few more mod cons - but absolutely the minimum electronics and stuff that can (and will) break 100s of miles from where it can be fixed.  In mast reefing - don't make me laugh.

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agree with the above totally when it comes to classic sailing monohulls... I wouldn't want much more than 34 for wife and kids sailing, it's just too much of a pig around a marina.  However motorboats, motorsailers and cats can enable you to push up the LWL (and increase the accommodation size accordingly) without necessarily being any less comfortable to handle.  And I certainly wouldn't be snotty about these types of watercraft - at the end of the day it's a floating caravan, not a race machine, comfort and ease win every time.  

I also agree about KISS when it comes to yacht ownership.  The more there is to go wrong, the more WILL go wrong and there's nothing quite like sh*t creek without a decent rigger/marine electrician/marine engineer to get you out of it. 
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