Originally Posted by Looking
Okay, I know that absolutely everybody is going to try and talk me out of it (except possibly Giu with his new found love of Formosas) however I can't help it. I want an old china clipper. I don't care if it is a Hudson, Hardin, Formosa, Crealock/Farrington or what. I know I'm looking at rot. I know they are slow (so am I!). Since I was a boy sailing with my dad up and down the inside passage I have always loved the look of a ketch, stretched out on the water with that bow sprit seaming to reach out for the next wave. Can't help it... I even want the teak decks!
So, now that I have laid myself bare, and understanding that I 'want' to take on a project boat. That is 12-18 months of full time, boat on the hard, bare hull up, rebuild... is there anything anyone can say that could possibly talk me out of this insanity?
I'm positively hooked. Dream about it... draw pictures... prepare lists...I know I will never see the money again. Couldn't possibly sell it for what I will put into it... wouldn't want to.
I got distracted by school and career. Now I'm back to where I belong. Don't need the fancy car, could care less about a Plasma TV. Even considering giving up the Skiing/Snowboarding to make this happen.
So here's my question... Should I be looking at any other ketches? Is there anything out there that you have seen that strikes your fancy? I'm pretty set on the Formosa 51, Aft Cockpit, Ketch Rig.
There it is... I feel like I have just entered a 12 step program for sailors!
My good friend Looking....any boat you buy is GOOD!!!!!! It serves its purpose....
Unfortunately...all I know from that type of boats is the Formosa, and the Hardin, and not only from the movie..with the bicycle tyre as wheel..there's one here...we call it the gypsy man....He uses his laundry as sails!!!!
So I would never say yes or no to them...but for now YES!!!!
If you buy one of those boats...first you need to know how to sail them...they're not as easy to sail as they seem...the Formosa I sailed, you actually had to turn the wheel 3 times before the bow crossed!!!!...the sailing is smooth and confortable, but sea snails and dogs go faster....the trim was relaitively useless and limited...but man are they fun...and they for sure have that "adventurous pirate caribbean calm tequilla sunrise feelin" I understand you perfectly well and support you in your quest....
Get ready for some major spending and spending the rest of your life fixing things...the Formosa had almost 20 winches!!!!!!
My wife loved the woodwork inside with engraved wood panels!!!! AMAZING!!!!
GO AND GET HER....DON't THINK TWICE
You could then sail to Portugal and we could do some "boat swaping"...we would go out in yours, listen to PB's sound selection, cruise like Cam, and be happy as Sailortjk1 or T34, and the next day, go out on my boat, and come back home with mosquitoes in our teeth.....
This post does not mean I want one....I like them because they are sailboat...this only to discourage "dark side" jokes and other...
GO MAN...you still there???? Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My son Fred posted a few photos yesterday...go check them...
Here a few I posted before to get you wound up!!!