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Do gentlemen sail up wind?
I grew up sailing on the Mississippi, just north of St. Louis in my best friends fathers lightning. I enjoyed it much more than my best friend did. We would spend all day sailing upriver a half hour sailing back.
Over the years I have owned a moth, three Hobie cats, 18, 12, 14 and a 26 foot Clipper Marine. For over 20 years I've wanted a 30 foot plus boat . I had always hoped that one of my children would develop the love of sailing that I have. This is not happen. So my next boat needs to be single handed. I am retired and would like to cruise, but don't know if I would really like it. I have done several short five day cruises intercoastal waterways with jots out to the Gulf Stream. I always get sea sick one to three days, depending on the weather conditions and land sick when I get back. That usually doesn't last as long.
My point here is that even if I don't like cruising. And that's the dream. I want a boat that's fun to sail .I am a little worried that a full keel boat like most of the cruisers are will not point well. Oh, I suppose they all will point better than my Hobie cat but I have heard cruisers say "gentlemen don't sail up wind". My pocketbook is going to put me in the vintage 70s plastic boats. The ones that have appealed to me are the tartans, Cal, Pearson, Coronado and C&C. I have heard that the closer I stay to 30 feet. More likely I am to use it and the less grief it will be to muscle around the sails. Not to mention, the easier it will be to afford. I know that most of the boats that I have mentioned tend to the performance side. What are your suggestions, and why