Hello all, I've been going through the forum today, and I've found some very interesting articles, and I thought I'd try and add one more to that list. For some time now I've been wanting to get a decent sized boat for relaxing and generally having a nice time on the water. My sailing background has been racing, from small 11ft boats right up to 20ft+, but since then I've stopped racing competively, and would rather do it casually and a little slower. I'll be finishing College soon, and would like to do something special before Uni, something like sailing to a few different countries such as France, Spain etc. I'll be doing some training beforehand to get back into the swing of things, and making sure I'm up for the things I may encounter. What I'd like to know is, what size boat would I need to do this kinda thing? I'd like one around the 24ft size anyway, would that be fine? I'd have other crew with me for the trips, for help and for company. Has anyone got any recommendations on a good seaworthy vessel in this range? I've been saving up my pennies and will continue to save up to the time where I need to buy the boat, so I should have plenty of money for it. It will be a boat I intend to keep for many years, so it will be a worthwhile investment in my opinion. All answers are greatly appreciated, Chris.