What did I learn?
Buy through a decent broker; they make life so much easier
Avoid the Hamble in April as yacht services are working flat out
Get yourself a decent sprayhood to keep life comfortable on board
Buy a decent sailing boat. A cruiser-racer will cope with harsh conditions, they’re fun to sail without being harder to handle than a cruiser, and they can also be cheaper!
Launch day at Hamble Point, three weeks after first viewing