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45-footer for a roundbri­tain ad­ven­ture with three friends

Mark is plan­ning a round Bri­tain trip with two friends and ex­pects to take five months, mostly day sail­ing. Their wives, fam­i­lies and friends will also join them oc­ca­sion­ally. They pro­pose to pur­chase a yacht specif­i­cally for the trip, plus a fur­ther year of cruis­ing be­fore sell­ing her.

The syn­di­cate would like to in­vest in a yacht that doesn’t de­pre­ci­ate too quickly, will sleep at least six in three cab­ins, and ide­ally have a fur­ther two pos­si­ble berths in the sa­loon. They in­tend to an­chor reg­u­larly but stop ev­ery few days. Their bud­get is £150180k, in­clud­ing fit­ting out costs.

Joint ven­tures with equal-share part­ners re­quire boats with near equal fa­cil­i­ties, rather than lay­outs with a large master suite and two smaller cab­ins. Char­ter-style yachts are of­ten evenly ac­com­mo­dated and easy to find, but their cost de­pends on their pre­vi­ous use. A pri­vately owned boat with a char­ter lay­out is ideal.

Cruis­ing around Bri­tain will be in all weathers. In the ab­sence of a full cock­pit tent, large win­dows and hatches plus good ven­ti­la­tion below are es­sen­tial.

Re­sale value is im­por­tant, so it’s prefer­able to choose a pop­u­lar, well-known Euro­pean pro­duc­tion yacht. While Scan­di­na­vian-built boats might re­tain more of their value, the bud­get would prob­a­bly only stretch to a 37-footer, rather than 40-45ft, and would be un­likely to have three equally com­fort­able cab­ins.

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