What kind of yacht for the first time?

Choose smaller units up to 40 feet long. Smaller yachts are easier to handle and operate in ports.

Consider newer yachts (less than 5 years) – they are better equipped, a newer equipment is easier to operate and the risk of minor defects is lower.

Choose yachts with rolled sails – they have some weaknesses, but they are easier to handle. Make sure there is a chart plotter in the cockpit. A bow thruster is sometimes useful on smaller yachts, but it is not a must.

Contrary to appearances, catamarans are easy to operate, but their size often obscure the quartermaster's vision.

Motor yachts are generally less troublesome in operation than sailing yachts, but speeds they reach on water require a higher caution and concentration from the quarter-man.

See also: 
When to sail?