Hello to everyone on the Sonata Forum.
My name is Andrew and have sailed for the past 16 years from Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club on the north east coast in Bridlington. I have sailed Catamarans from leaving sea scouts ranging from Dart 18’s, Hurricane 5.9s, Dart Hawk, Inter 20. I am a keen racer and have taken part in the national Dart 18 circuit for the past 5 years.
Due to moving too far away from RYYC and the obvious buying a house and getting a job after university the 2 hr drive every Sunday has been too much. With much regret I have sold my Dart 18 due to the distance and a recent shoulder injury.
I am now looking at purchasing a small cruiser racer to put in Hartlepool Marina and Sonatas have been highly recomended.
I have no experience in what to look for when purchasing a yacht compared to dinghies. Are there any hints, tips, suggestions for a first time buyer.
I am not in a rush to purchase as I will not have the strength in my shoulder until very late in the season. So this is all in preperation for Spring 2010.
Many thanks in advance. Any help woule be greatly appreciated.