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An important point has been made about the complexity of the rigging on a racing boat as compared to a cruising boat. Many racing boats have the following items in their rigging setup:
Spinnaker sheets and guys
Spinnaker pole downhaul
Spinnaker pole topping lift
Genoa car positioning lines
Mainsheet traveler positioning lines
Roller Furling lines
Spinnaker sock control lines
Many cruising sailboats only have:
Roller Furling lines
Now, if you're a novice, and you have your family out with you... would you rather be dealing with a dozen lines or the almost thirty you might have on a boat rigged for racing. Add into that the fact that most racing boats are less stable designs and over-powered, you have a real good chance of convincing your family not to go sailing with you again.
When you learn in a lateen rigged sailing dinghy, you generally have two lines you worry about... the mainsail halyard, and the mainsail sheet. When you graduate to a sloop-rigged dinghy, it jumps to five lines to worry about on the small ones—two jib sheets, a main sheet and two halyards... and as you gain more experience, you generally end up with more lines and sail controls. Jumping into a racing boat as a novice is probably not a great idea.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 04-06-2007 at 04:20 PM.