Looking for a non-catalina??? There are many, many boats outside of Catalina I like, and MANY MORE I do not (obviously a man with no taste)
. Catalina makes the best production cruiser in this class, that is all. Of course, that is my opinion - other may differ (blind bastards... smile). (We're all entiteld to our opinions, how bad they are...its your right!!)
However, no, the boat search is not for me. I have my boat (hehehehehe boat..hehehehe).
My pops and mom are selling it all and going cruising with us (please Mr. CD˛ don't do that, I am sure that even you will regret living with this son of yours!!!!! you don't love him that much),
. I am looking for them ( Mr CD˛ he's not looking for a boat for you....he's gonna get you a Catalina and then you'll regret it...please for the love of fater Son relationship, Mr.CD˛ please you choose your own boat...look at Tartans, Pearsons, IP's even Benetaus but please please don't let the Catalina junky choise for you).
Dad frequents this site a bunch too, but hardly ever posts. (I wonder why??? are you keeping his keyboard locked??? you Nazi!!!)
They are more of the typical poster/cruiser: Mid-late 50's, (see Mr.CD˛ he's calling you old...he has no taste...how could you put something like that in the world???
) retired (retiring), looking for a live aboard that is a good island hopper, [B]( Then don't get a catalina Mr.CD˛ we're warning you!!!!! you have put a very sick man into the World!!!)[/B]
have not done ANY cruising (except with us when they flew in to visit) (Mr. CD˛...I understand that as a charity visit...I bet you were dying to go back home)
and not a lot of sailing (he calls sailing to the forward movement his catalina makes with the engine...that's not sailing its motoring and its the only way a Catalina will move in the direction of its bow!!!!)
(again, except with us). I suggested he take a sailing class (humpf seee Mr.CD˛...born a few days ago and laredy thinks he knows more than you!!! Mr. CD˛ what have you done???? what have you done to the World giving life to such a devious man!!!!)
(or several, actually) to see the book-version of how things work. (the man has lost it....)
He took it with a friend of mine. He kept telling Jeff, "Now, wait.... that isn't how Brian does it! Wait, no beer while sailing? No hold on, I have seen Brian do it differently..." ( we understand, Mr.CD˛ I understand you could not understand why in the sailing I REPEAT SAILING class you saw boats moving by the power of Sails...and dear Brian only by the power of Diesel!!!! Yes we understand...you saw a sailboat move forward...and Brian's move backwards....that is why he does things differentely)
You can just imagine the ration of S*** I got from that!!! Oh well, live and learn!!! (no wonder...after the class Mr.CD˛ was trying to explain that sailboats have to go forward....you're just confusing him!!!)
I am on a similair search as many that frequent this site (for them)... but the funny thing is, I find a boat I love and they don't like it ( have you ever thought that IT IS YOU THAT IS RIDING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD?????)
(usually the lines), while they find a boat they like and I put a REALLY QUICK VETO ( and does your veto count???? )
and reality check on it. It has been a bit of a humbling experience, as I have come to realize that what I like in boats (yeahhh BIG ENGINES!!!!)
and what other people like are often two very different things. (again on the wrong side of the road!!!)
I am doing better about slamming people about getting a bullet-proof shoe box for the islands, or a island hopper to cross the seas (at least I think I am... smile). But we have been there and know what works and what does not. Telling someone what works is like saying, "Don't do what I did," but they have to experience it for themselves to learn, "Oh crap... you were right!!!" But that is not sailing, (now you got it RIGHT!!!!!!!)
that is life.