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Re: Choosing the Perfect Boat

You know what makes for a compelling story? Tension. Bad odds. When people accomplish things that aren't supposed to happen, when they rise above, we root for them. Rocky wasn't supposed to beat Apollo, and it took Rocky II to make it happen. If the heroine in the story jumps aboard a mega yacht with 16 EPIRBS and 4 life rafts with seven years worth of food and water, with full machine shop in the lazarrette, then everyone on SN will be happy and the book will be a suckfest.

Yes, it has to be plausible. No, the average reader doesn't give a flying hoot whether the boat can do 6 knots or 8 in real life. If you add up all the people in the world who know better and then subtract that number from total book sales... yeah. Nobody cares. Plausible is good enough.

I want action. I want to root for someone.

Voyage of the Liberdad was a fantastic book- because Josh Slocum and his family should have died and they didn't. They sailed a homemade open boat from South America to New England after being shipwrecked, or basically marooned in BFE. Had he come on SN asking how to get home, he'd have been told to get a job hauling coconuts in Brazil because there's no way to do what he wanted to do.

Sailing Around The World Alone - the consummate sailing book. Josh Slocum once again would have told every man on Sail Net to go take care of their vagina because he had some sailing to do. Is there one person in this forum who would have *built* the Spray to begin with, and then sailed a glorified oyster scow around the world alone? Of course not because that can't be done and any moron would know this instinctively. Well, except of course that he actually did it.

I know I'm rough around the edges and that many won't appreciate my choice of language or hyperbole. Well, get over it. I'm a nice guy, but I like to blow **** up and shoot holes in stuff and I travel around with burly brutes who like to do these kinds of things, too.

I want to read a book about some badass woman who can make chicken salad out of chicken $**t when the chips are down. I want the villain to punch her in the face and instead of laying there in the fetal position waiting for help, she gets up and puts boot to ass. I want her to reach over to the side of the cockpit and grab her RockDawg Signature Series winch handle. I want the villain spitting bloody chicklets and escaping, because if he doesn't there can't be a second book.

But that's just me.
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Re: Choosing the Perfect Boat

I think we're disappointed because we were asked to recommend "the perfect boat" for this voyage, only to find that the boat is to be used to inject melodrama into a story that doesn't need it (or shouldn't). Unless extensive modifications are specified, I see Xena, the Sailor Princess, telling her deep-pocketed puppetmaster to take a long walk off a short pier.

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Had he come on SN asking how to get home, he'd have been told to get a job hauling coconuts in Brazil because there's no way to do what he wanted to do. ....Is there one person in this forum who would have *built* the Spray to begin with, and then sailed a glorified oyster scow around the world alone? Of course not because that can't be done and any moron would know this instinctively. Well, except of course that he actually did it.
I yield to no one in my admiration for Captain Slocum. He rebuilt Spray in a pasture, from keel up, by hand, by himself, surrounded by skeptics and critics. Cap'n Josh had one magnificent advantage: he was working with WOOD, a material as anathema to most sailnetters as sunlight to a vampire.
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This thread had become La La Land.
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Re: Choosing the Perfect Boat

Perfection is relative. I think an Explorer 44 would be perfect for me, and complete torture to others. The perfect boat in this case is what's perfect for her story, not what a bunch of Sunday sailors would pick.
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She's writing a book about someone who sails a sailboat. She's not buying one.

She is not writing for a sailboat design trade magazine. It's fiction.

Jason Bourne can't beat up ten guys at once or shoot 20 rounds from a 15 round magazine- in real life. Yet somehow the movies are exciting.
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Re: Choosing the Perfect Boat

That's a good ride, but shouldn't the characters have a quirkier boat, making the boat a character also...?
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I would just KILL for that French Class 40 (with what appears to be a lifting keel, though they don't specify ). I could even keep it at a slip where I am.
But 350,000 Euro's? for a 2003 vintage design? Is it that much of a premium for the lifting keel? Like everyone else, I want a boat with 20' draft so I can BLAST upwind, and then push a button so that it immediately becomes 2', so I can power in to my little slip.
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Re: Choosing the Perfect Boat

I just keep looking at the Explorer 44 video on Chris Whites website and thinking -- IwannagoforarideIwannagoforarideIwannagoforetc.etc .
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I think we're disappointed because we were asked to recommend "the perfect boat" for this voyage, only to find that the boat is to be used to inject melodrama into a story that doesn't need it (or shouldn't).
Oh then you should rest easy, because I am getting a lot of positive feedback on this choice from professional skippers, full-time cruisers and people who have either completed a similar journey or sailed similar boats.

They all agree, together with Chris White himself, that the E44 is perfectly suited for the journey. Everyone, including Chris, also tells me that not only could the Explorer 44 make it easily but at the end of the trip would be in condition to do it again many times.

In other words, I have found the perfect boat, that is to say the boat that will allow me NOT to inject any melodrama in a part of this novel that (indeed) doesn't need any.

Having the backup of all those professionals and awesome sailors, I am confident that this choice was the correct one.

Not to mention that it is a beauty of a boat, with which I may be falling in love too
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