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Old 12-30-2008   #17
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Originally Posted by SailChick20 View Post
While the racing bug has bitten me...I like to cruise just as much.
Dare I ask...Is it possible to love both?
I don't see why not--The Admiral and I do. In fact: It was a requirement on the part of The-Admiral-To-Be that whatever boat we bought be a performance boat. She didn't want to be sailing a "tub." We ended-up with a Pearson P30, described by Jack Horner as " attempt to meld the attributes of racing boats with those of family cruisers--sort of like rigging a mini-van to race at Indy." And, by all accounts, they succeeded. However: Such a boat is not going to be as fast as a pure race boat, nor as comfortable as a cruiser. Such is the way of compromises. Likewise: We'll probably never (attempt to) live on her for months at a time (we're still working up to a whole weekend), nor will we likely race the Mackinac with her. (Tho that latter is certainly easily w/in her capibilities.)

So, yes: You can love both, and you can have a boat that will do both "adequately," IMO. We have people in our club that do only one or the other, and others that do both.

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