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post #21 of 26 Old 07-17-2006
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I don't necessarily agree with that. The comment was made for fun and it didn't discourage the contingency from answering his questions. There was really no need to slam me. Frankly, that was more rude if you think about it. A little levity doesn't hurt anyone after all.
Maybe you're right. Point taken. I'll take back the "jerk" and pretend I'm not a "puss." lol
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I have been up and down the West coast and it has been memorable. First in an old wooden boat and later in a modern 50 footer. Both times were cold and miserable, but we always felt safe. I have been offshore in my last boat, a lightweight 30 footer and we also felt safe. I have always found 30 foot boats to feel big, yet be easy to handle and are quite affordable. I have finally decided to go larger but only because I want comfort.

It wouldn't hurt to look at some of the late 70s early 80s 30 ft Catalina's, Newport's, Ericson's to see if you can live with them for a few years sailing/cruising locally. You will both learn a lot and have some fun in the process. You will be in a much better position later to select your offshore boat.
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Surfesq, very mature attitude. I love civilized discourse. Jim L
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Hi Jim. Thanks. (I think!). lol. I like to make the occasional joke. But I also try to answer peoples questions when I am confident that I have useful answer.
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Look around for a well kept Cape George 31 or 36. Very strong and the 36 is reasonably fast.
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Basilboy, at this point in your sailing career looking for something that you can take offshore is probably impratical. I would highly recomend a good solid fin keel boat in the 28-30 ft range. My first priority with a boat is that it is fun and has excellent sailing and handling characterstics. This may mean sailing out of a berth or harbour if your motor dies. A Westsail may not do that particularly well.

I would suggest that what you meed is much more experience, the more capable and confident that you are, the more relaxed she will be. It is not a function of the boat but the capabilities. Lots of crusing or racing with other sailors would likely help a lot. I have a friend with a Westsail that hardly ever leaves the dock.

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