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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