mbird Posted October 6, 2009 Share Posted October 6, 2009 Something has happened I never thought possible ..... I've developed an interest in the thought of venturing into the briney The problem is that along with another forumite (who I daresay will make himself known if he wants to) I took the RYA ICC qualification last weekend and passed. I learned an awful lot, and upon studying chartwork, course plotting and tidal vectors, I found myself becoming fascinated with the prosepct of enjoying the broads, but also being able to pop down the coast should the fancy take me, a few times a year. As you will understand, my Alpha 32 with it's 1.5 BMC is hardly the right craft for this, so a tentative search of brokerages has ensued, with very disappointing results. SWMBO is very sceptical of the whole idea, so we looked at a few boats in the local area just to get an idea of the living accomodation layouts etc, and it has to be said that most of what we've seen in the sub Â£40k price brackets is very claustrophobic and most of it tatty to say the least. We would need something that would still be capable of getting under Ludham Bridge (say 9' air draught) with decent sleeping accomodation for 4 (two of which are rapidly growing boys - the eldest is taller than my wife). Our Alpha fits our needs on the river perfectly, being reasonable spacious and comfortable, but some of these sea going types do seem to be form over function. What sort of designs would you peeps think I should be looking at? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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