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Daniel Emery (Guest)

Hello,

My partner and I have been doing the usual daydream of?buy a boat, travel round the world?. We?ve all been there? and many on this site are doing just that

Anyway, to cut a long story short, we?ve fallen for the Westsail. She seems to fit our needs and desires perfectly:

Safe in heavy weather.
Plenty of space for gear.
Pleasing to the eye.

The boat looks like it would be suitable for 2 adults and a child to use as a liveaboard? is this the case?

However, we?re both British and based in London. You can count the number of Westsails in Europe on one hand. To my knowledge, the only one I?ve heard of is in Portugal.

So, how realistic would it be to purchase a Westsail in the US, have a quick shakedown in local waters and then sail it across the Atlantic? Are there any common problem areas we should look out for when looking our for our?perfect Westsail??

Obviously, we need to get a survey done prior to any sale. Can anyone recommend a good surveyor in California, Florida and Boston way?

Also, how does the survey / sale process work in the US? In the UK, you put a deposit down on a boat BEFORE you get a survey. The only way you can get your deposit back is if the surveyor deems the vessel un-seaworthy.

Another question (sorry)? what is the typical?going rate? for a sound Westsail that could do a summer Atlantic crossing without turning your hair grey? Being based in the UK, it?s almost impossible to get a handle on this.

Sorry for the deluge of questions and thanks in advance...

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