New around here, and completely new to cruisers - I'm 16, and sailed a 11 foot two person dinghy for the last 6 years, so I'm looking at branching out, especially as I'm waaaay to big nowadays...
The short story is that me and 8 or so friends are looking at going for a round britain / europe cruise in the summer of 2014, after we finish all our exams. Yes, I realise this may seem slightly ambitious considering my experience levels (i.e. none), but I was wondering what the experienced guys would have to say on a couple of issues.
- What type of boat would you recommend? (Class etc)
- needs to fit 10-12 people ideally, minimum 8 though
- we have £5000 to spend
- what sort of things do I need to avoid in a boat? such as structural problems, construction techniques etc....