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  1. I read this article. https://www.pbo.co.uk/boats/1970s-yacht-designs-that-have-stood-the-test-of-time-63143 At the time I was looking at the Sadler but then I started looking at righting moment comparisons on sailboatlab. The Sadler isn't too good but the Vega is better. But then from what I understand the Vega was built as an affordable family cruiser rather than a racer so maybe that's why. This is why I was looking at the Vega and folk boat type designs when I started the thread. Edit: Just found this recent article https://www.boatbuilding.xyz/ship-design/v.html
  2. I was avoiding fin keel boats. From what I read they lacked righting moment as they were designed to conform to racing standards. I was looking at the Sadler 25 at one point which is a pretty nice looking boat with a layout I like.
  3. Thanks for the insights! Buying an old boat is slightly nerve wracking as there's always the potential for there being some defect that costs a lot to fix. Knowing what to look out for helps a lot. I am planning to go north through the channels but not in a hurry. I'm planning on spending quite some time there so will most likely go back south. Western Scotland has some similar channels so I can spend some time practising upwind tacking and things there and get a feel for it and a better idea of what I'll need.
  4. Thanks. I'm intending to move to Scotland once I have my boat in order to get used to the conditions north of there so hopefully will know when I'm ready to step up. I think all the boats I'm looking at would be regarded as well built. I'm thinking I'll stick to the Vega as it is proven having gone through Drakes passage more than once, though I wont be going that way on the voyage I'm currently planning. People on some forums seem to have a more positive view of the Marcon Cutlass than people here. The Contessa 26 does seem to have a good reputation also. But if there's a good Vega
  5. I'll use a sail where possible. An advantage older sailboat technology has over newer diesel technology is that you can go long distances without having to refuel.
  6. Well I'll have solar power too in order to be able to charge my laptop without having to find a power socket. In spite of the fact that there probably is one somewhere in the Amazon it's just easier to use the locally available sunlight.
  7. Well two spring to mind. But they don't have wood either. Can you burn polar bears and penguins? If you sailed up the Nile you might get a nasty surprise. Although thinking about it the Sahara also doesn't have trees. There are remote locales with trees and no shops. Not the massive areas that "places in the world" implies but still places where the nearest source of diesel is far further away than some trees.
  8. A stove that could burn both liquid and solid fuel would be a good stove to have. Anchored in the middle of nowhere you could use wood. You could buy kerosene, diesel, alcohol, coal, charcoal. You could adapt to the widest variety of settings. I don't want to sail up the Amazon before realising that they don't have diesel in the jungle.
  9. From what I gather it was until recently still a thing. But I'm not up to date with new developments. Lure fishing for trout is a thing there also. Tasmanian devils are popular in both NZ and Australia for trout. Personally I'm a big fan of the Rebel Crawfish. There's a plague of invasive American crayfish in the UK so I figured it makes sense to use American crayfish lures and they do indeed work like a charm. The stream green teeny wee is my favourite. Can't buy them here though.
  10. I also want to fish in NZ. Also a stunning place with great fishing. I figure what's done is done in terms of the introduction of invasive fish. Now fishing for them and removing them is helping the situation. Tight lines.
  11. With fishing, even where it's not owned by the gentry there's sort of a cultural hangover from it. My local reservoir for example is a rainbow trout fishery and is fly only. Whenever a trout fishery opens to other methods this is met by a chorus of complaints from fly fishermen. For Dartmoor on the other hand one must apply for a permit from the Duchy of Cornwall, and it's strictly all fly only. I started fishing in Japan and got a bit of a culture shock upon returning the UK and expecting to be able to fish like normal. Most people who started fishing in the UK seem to support its d
  12. It's interesting that some see salmon as a "poor man's fish". In the UK it isn't seen like that. Salmon and trout are regarded as game fish and fishing for them is usually fly only. Fly fishing is the branch of fishing that has been practiced by the upper class. Non salmonid fish are referred to as coarse fish and have traditionally been fished for by everyone else. From what I gather, and correct me if I'm wrong, a similar difference exists with venison. In the UK only the landed gentry can hunt dear. Similarly with pheasants, grouse and other game. Whereas in the US venison can be hunt
  13. Oh I already found your doc about the anchorages and read your account of tying the boat up. I was thinking how I'd manage it on my own.
  14. I can stay for 90 days and then just apply for an extension to stay longer. From what I gather Chileans have a positive view of Brits.
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