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post #1 of Old 09-02-2002 Thread Starter
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The Right Boat

So here''s the dilemma: my wife and I are relatively new at sailing, and have been learning the ropes in our 26'' Thunderbird. Great boat, lots of fun and we have spent weeks at a time cruising the Pacific Northwest in it. The issue for my wife is comfort, especially when it gets gusty out on the Straight of Georgia. When the wind picks up, she ends up on her ear **** fast, and we have had her suddenly heel until water was getting past the coamings. Sure we reduce sail, but until then my little love dove''s heart is going all a patter. Many a time she has looked wistfully at some motor vessel blasting past at 40 knots, oblivious to the wind and sea. I''ve never been on a larger boat, but I''m looking at something much bigger, maybe forty feet, and I''m imagining that a larger sailing vessel would not be sprightly, so quick to heel nor so bouncy in a heavy chop. Alternatively, we would go the motor route, but I would very much prefer a sailing rig if I could make my wife more comfortable. Is bigger the way to go, or more power?.
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