This is my first post because I have a question or two that I'm sure some on here will be able to answer.
Hopefully this is the correct area of the forum.
I am just about to return to the Uk and for the first time fancy buying a yacht. Idly browsing online I have seen a 30 for sale and really fancy it or something like it. (I own up to the fact that the one I have seen is plastic hull but teak deck, sorry! I would prefer all wood but not seen one for sale yet)
I have sailed/raced a lot in the past but not so much recently, and never something like this.
In the past I raced everything from Toppers to Bosuns to Wayfarers to lasers to 420s to 505s to Contessa 38s, Sigma38s to a 68ft ketch to tall ships races on big square riggers and a Fastnet as watch leader. I'm not particularly book smart or qualified though and have been spoiled enough that I have always raced/ sailed other peoples yachts so have never felt the pain of repairs, berthing fees and maintenance.
My questions concern this.
1. How many crew is realistic to either race or cruise it?
2. Do those crew need to be quite competent? Is it realistically usable as a family dayboat with occasional racing and camping trips away?
(I have two girls 10 and 12 and a wife who sails but would freely admit to mostly liking the lying on deck sunbathing.)
3. Would I be making a terrible error to buy one as a first owned boat, and if so what would you suggest instead?
4. I have heard that I should budget 10% of the value per year on maintenance. Is that realistic for such a yacht?
Thanks in advance.