Help me select a boat - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest Forums > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-14-2009
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Treasure Island Florida
Posts: 6
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
CaptThunder is on a distinguished road
Help me select a boat

Greetings sailors,

I seek the collective wisdom and advice of the forum. I will be buying a sailboat and want to choose the right boat for my needs.

A little background is probably in order. I have been a sailor since the early 70's although I have not sailed in the past 10 years. I have owned 3 sailboats.

I have realized that I prefer sailing, flying and riding my Harley over work. Therefore, I will be retiring soon and I am looking for a boat to enjoy in my retirement. I will be living on the water in Treasure Island Florida just around the corner from an outlet into the Gulf of Mexico, at least during the winter months.

The gulf coast of Florida has shallow water so draft is important. I want a boat that will be easy for a guy in his 60's to single hand but that is large enough to be comfortable for week long cruises. I would also like to do some racing and would like a boat that sails to its rating.

Another issue is the light air that we often have on the gulf coast. There are several great boats such as the Cape Dory 30 that, I am told, do not perform well in light air.

The other issue is price. I would like to spend 20k or less.

So, I am looking for a comfortable racer/cruiser that has shoal draft (under 5 feet, the less the better) that can be raced without the other racers pointing at me and laughing, that has pleasing lines and priced under 20k and that is capable of offshore cruising in case I want to sail to Mexico.

One boat that I am considering is the Tartan 34C with a centerboard. That is a seaworthy boat with shallow draft. I hear that it, like the Cape Dory, will not do well in light air. It helps that the 34C is also a very nice looking boat. One downside of the Tartan 34C is the rather limited cabin space for a boat that size.

I have lurked here on the forum for some time and I know that the collective knowledge and experience here is vast. I appreciate any insight you may be able to provide.

Last edited by CaptThunder; 06-14-2009 at 11:45 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 06-14-2009
Selkirk's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tupelo, MS
Posts: 190
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Selkirk is on a distinguished road
No post.

When you come to a "Y" in the road, take it....Yogi Berra
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
C & C 121 Customer Response to Manufacturers Post camaraderie Tartan 2 09-12-2012 03:54 PM
Naming and Renaming Your Boat Sue & Larry Cruising Articles 0 12-15-2003 07:00 PM
Fine-Tuning the Autopilot, Part Two Dan Neri Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-13-2003 08:00 PM
Performing in Light Air Brian Hancock Learning to Sail Articles 0 01-15-2003 07:00 PM
The Balance of Hull and Sails Steve Colgate Learning to Sail Articles 0 05-25-2000 08:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:42 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012