Originally Posted by Nausikaa
Just a few quick thoughts.
There should be no problem finding a berth in Turkey.
As for buying, the time is ripe! By in the autumn as prices are generaly lower then. Having said that, do not restrict yourself to the Netherlands. One can get a lot of boat for the money also in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. In many ways Denmark and Sweden are better as there are really very many boats to choose from and they are outside the Eurozone where many prices have become inflated.
The greatest merit of wintering on the hard in high latitudes is that you avoid problems with ice. In ice-free waters then the advantage is that you reduce the risk for osmosis.
Let me know roughly what you are looking for and I will try to make some suggestions.
Aye // Stephen
Thanks for the post Stephen
At present I live on brokerage sites and am expecting to purchase a 34' Bavaria or Beneteau in the region of 120-150K (AU).
I am really keen, however, on the style of yachts found primarily in US waters - especially Cabo Rico, Bayfield, et al with their clipper bows. The "problem" would then lie in getting to favoured cruising waters in Med - very limited bluewater experience (at present) but would be keen to learn so who knows.
As stated previously, I would expect to be sailing single-handed much of the time so would only need to please myself re boat setup. Have visited many sailing blogs and building a library of those who have travelled the path I wish to take. This site has been invaluable.
Thanks again for the interest.