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I've tried searching the forum for these answers without much success so apologies if this has been asked before.

New to the actual sailing aspect of sailing but have been reading and dreaming about it for 20 years. I'm fast approaching 50 so that probably needs to be borne in mind.
I'd like this first boat to also be the only boat I buy, so I want it to be able to take me on all the kinds of sailing I might ever want to do.
I have no interest in racing so it doesn't need to be quick. 
Initially my practice runs will be in and around the Harbour with a circumnavigation or 2 of Matiu/Somes Island.   
Once I find my feet and gain some experience I'd love to get across the Strait and into the Sounds.  
That might be the pinnacle,  but there's a chance I'd like to head to the islands at some stage.

For the longest time I've loved the look of the Hereshoff 28,  reading some of the passage reports on the H28 Org website,  one of them would certainly fit the bill for all of the above.

I feel like I should avoid Ketch rigged options due to my lack of experience.
I'll likely be short or single handed for the most part.
Budget is likely to be south of $10,000 for the initial purchase.

Lots of typing and I seem to be missing an actual question.. :)

Is the H28 a good option?  are there others better suited?
There's a nice Salthouse 25 on Trademe for example.


I feel like I want a full keel just in case I end up wanting to sail to the islands.  Is that just being silly?

Thanks for taking the time to read this far,   looking forward to hearing the collective thoughts.

stay safe

 


 


 

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H28's are a good solid boat. Make sure you get a survery, or at least an out of water inspection by a knowledgeable person. Sailing in wellington (except on the best days!) can be a challenge. It is excellent training for offshore trips, especailly cook strait!

Wellington harbour is good for learning and day sails. Once you progress to want longer passages and weekends aboard, Mana offers way more options to cruisers - the sounds are only 4-5 hours away. The Mana cruising club is a great resource, and (at least used to, its been a while) offer begginer escorted trips across the strait, as well as the opportunites to crew on others boats to get experience.

Unfortunately I do not expect that with your budget you will be even close to the level of vessel required to get Cat 1 to be allowed to go off shore/

Good luck!

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4 minutes ago, Island Time said:

Unfortunately I do not expect that with your budget you will be even close to the level of vessel required to get Cat 1 to be allowed to go off shore/

Good luck!

in my naivety I was thinking that I would be able to build up to that over the years of practice and gaining experience.   Am I dreamin' ???

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Well, you can, but the list of gear required an the condition of the vessel is extensive and expensive. It will cost more than your boat budget. It can be done though, so depends on your circumstances. 

For the wellington area, the H28 is way better as a cruiser than the salthouse 25, roomier, nicer motion, and easier to handle... some H28's have made circumnavigations, albeit some time ago now.

Its almost always cheaper to buy a better boat than to buy a project, which most beginners fail to fully understand.

Cheers

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Thanks DP..
It's the extra mast and all that entails that puts me off.

I'm inexperienced and stressed about handling 2 sails,  without adding the complications of a third.
Is that me being silly?

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Thanks for all the advice.
I think my best course of action is to wait a few more months and up the budget.

Look out Wellington, there's a bloke that looks a lot like me asking for crewing opportunities as soon as the boats are unleashed.

Not just for the cool sailing bits either.   I'm keen to build up my knowledge in the not so glamorous side of the lifestyle too,  so if anyone needs help with getting things ship shape and shiny post lock down,  give me a yell.
 

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