This is the story of how we negotiated and renegotiated the price of our boat, after getting a marine survey. It’s a summary of how we searched for a boat, found a boat, made an offer on a boat, had a boat survey done, haggled, negotiated, whinged, cried and eventually, handed over a huge, Read More
Buying your first boat is a crazy, terrifying, exciting, frustrating and above all, expensive business. Buying a used sailing boat is even worse. There are so many traps to fall into, so many untruths to uncover, so many complicated procedures to follow. We’ve just about managed to stumble our way through to boat ownership., Read More
A whole two months have passed since we purchased our 1990 Oyster 435 sailing boat. And what a two months it has been! Our slightly naive plan was to buy our perfect boat at the start of the UK sailing season and be sailing confidently around the Solent by the end of said season,, Read More
We’re buying a sailing boat. This is an important part of our ‘sailing round the world with kids’ plan. We have a couple of inflatable kayaks but I just don’t fancy circumnavigating in those. We’ll need to buy a proper offshore sailing yacht for our family sailing adventure! Choosing a liveaboard sailing boat for a family, Read More
Someone famous once said that all great journeys start with a single step. If that’s the case, then the delayed 06:50 to London would appear to be the step that sets us off on the path to starting our sailing adventure. It’s a beautiful fresh and crisp spring morning, exactly the sort that I’m, Read More
We’ve been joking about buying a boat, filling it fun of gin and sailing around the world for years, even before our kids were born. It was such a ridiculous dream that neither of us actually meant it. So guess what we’re going to do next….. We don’t have a boat and we don’t, Read More
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