Best Start To Race boat (North-Sea)

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I am looking to start to do some more competitive sailing next year. We live in Belgium close to the North-Sea, we are a crew of three and have some competition experience but want to build this up with a not to difficult or expenssive boat.

I did Some research before posting and I believe that the J80 is a good boat for this requierments. Also melges seem to be interessting but I have my doubts with the seaworthiness and the cost of spare parts.

Any advice is welcome! Thanks in advance!

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you mentioned J80 so I assume you mean melges 24? I think you might be on the right track with the 80. I think for the conditions you're likely to encounter, it's probably better behaved, and less wet. Still, with either of them, I'd try to find a 4th. Don't forget that the J80 has been around since 1992 and the M24 since 93 so a lot of them are long in the tooth and all will need an appropriate survey.

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