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There's no better place on earth for sailing than the beautiful waters off the coast of South Africa. With your own yacht or sailboat, you can take in all the gorgeous sights as well as enjoy the tranquility of gliding across the ocean's blue water. You need never question how to spend your vacations again.

Sailboats

Sailboats are available in many sizes and with many different features. Sailing is one of the greenest ways to travel, since the boat is powered completely by wind. It is a fairly easy sport to learn, as well. With a few lessons and some practice, you can be your own captain, making it even easier to get away from it all.

A sloop, which has a single mast and two sails, is the smallest sailboat. This size is perfect for kids who want to learn to sail. Adults will be better off with something larger, such as a keelboat, which ranges from 6 to 8 metres long. These boats offer more room and are more forgiving of a sailor's mistakes.

When purchasing a sailboat in South Africa, decide the size you need and begin looking for a good deal. Many used sailboats and yachts are available, even those made by well-known manufacturers like Catalina yachts. It is common for people to purchase boats new and then find that they no longer have the time to use them. In many cases, you can purchase a secondhand sailboat for a fraction of what the boat would cost new, without sacrificing features. In addition, by purchasing a used boat, you can afford to buy a larger one.

Yachts

If you prefer something larger and more luxurious, consider purchasing a yacht rather than a sailboat. Yachts are usually over 20 metres long, and run by engine rather than by sails. Even when purchased used, yachts can be pricey. However, purchasing one is like purchasing a floating vacation home. You can easily spend every vacation on the water living well in a yacht. Like sailboats, there are many used yachts for sale, allowing you to get a great deal.

There's really no life like the life of a sailor. With your own yacht or sailboat, you can take a vacation whenever you please. The beautiful South African waters are waiting to take you away.