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£45K yacht to sail around the world. We go in search of four boats for a global ad­ven­ture on a bud­get

Jack started sail­ing in the fam­ily’s West­erly Kon­sort as a teenager and now, at 28, the pass­ing of his grandma has left him with a wind­fall to add to what he’s been sav­ing for – to sail around the world.

Along with the sav­ings from his girl­friend Mina, who shares his dream, the cou­ple have a con­ser­va­tive bud­get of £45,000 and ex­pect to pay around £35K for the boat, leav­ing £10K for re­fit­ting and es­sen­tial blue­wa­ter cruis­ing equip­ment such as wind­vane self­s­teer­ing, so­lar pan­els, wind gen­er­a­tor, new bat­ter­ies and modern nav­i­ga­tion in­stru­men­ta­tion in­clud­ing radar, AIS and an EPIRB.

While there are plenty of 30-35ft cruis­ing yachts cur­rently on the mar­ket, many of them are tired and need new stand­ing rig­ging, sails and en­gine. That said, there are good boats out there that have been loved and looked after. Those that are well used have most likely been well main­tained too, so don’t be put off by yachts that have crossed oceans or even cir­cum­nav­i­gated be­fore, as their own­ers will have had to keep them prop­erly sea­wor­thy.

Some might con­sider 30-35ft too small for world cruis­ing, but that has been dis­proved over the years. Big­ger might be better for coastal cruis­ing with friends, but main­te­nance costs rise ex­po­nen­tially with ev­ery ex­tra foot. A boat this size should be more than enough to carry this young cou­ple off on the ad­ven­tures of which they dream.

Dun­can Kent, yacht tester for 25 years, presents a se­lec­tion of older yachts ca­pa­ble of sail­ing round the world

Sadler 34

Ri­val 36

Van­cou­ver 32

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