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post #14 of Old 06-02-2003
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Dream of Sailing as a living


I''d like to highlight what I consider to be the two most important pieces of sage advice in this thread:
<ol><li>Jeff H''s remarks are right on the money: take the time to learn to sail first on a small keelboat that will actually teach you what you''re doing. You''ll become a better sailor faster, and weekending will give you a small taste of "cruising." You can always sell it later.<p><li>A 42-47 footer is a lot of boat to sail short-handed, especially if you <em>haven''t</em> taken time to develop your skill on a smaller boat. If you set your sights on a LOA (length-over-all) somewhere in the the middle or upper 30-foot range, you will still have plenty of room for 3 people (it''s a boat, not an apartment) and save tons of cash that you can use to refurbish whatever needs attention.<p><li>Effort required to sail the boat and hours performing maintenance increase <em>exponentially</em> as the length of the boat increases incrementally. This will afffect everything from changing/reefing sails while underway to bottom-painting to hours of scraping/sanding, & varnishing, etc. All the ground tackle (anchors, chain, etc.) will by necessity be larger, heavier & more difficult to manage, and/or require electric windlasses, etc., which increases the complexity of your systems and charging requirements.</ol><p> The list goes onů
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