I read about some boats being better suited for Coastal, others for racing and others for cruising.
Can someone show post photos of good:
so I can see the differences? Thanks
Try looking in the Galleries section.
Custom Racer/Coastal Cruiser
Production Coastal Cruiser
As you can see...you can't tell a lot from the pictures. The differences are in the building quality and choice of materials and in how the boat hull/keel etc. are designed. Suggest you look at the recommended reading thread for a better explanation or tell us what you are intending to do so we may offer some appropriate models to look at.
Pictures won't show you the differences between the boats. It's how they are designed and built. A racer, generally speaking, will have lots of sail but a low displacement. A bluewater (ocean crossing boat) will, generally speaking, be heavier and more closed in (smaller cockpit, lots of places inside to wedge yourself, etc.). A coastal cruiser will be medium displacement and have more entertaining areas (generally). You may want to change your classifications to be: Bluewater, coastal cruiser and racer.
If you search for "Bluewater" on this site you will find many discussions as to characteristics of bluewater and coastal cruising boats.
another difference is in the keel..most (not all) blue water cruisers have a full keel and a narrower beam..Coastal cruisers normally have a wider beam and a fin keel or shoal draft with retractable centerboard...Most racers have more waterline not quite as rounded and a fin keel..
Thank you all, this is getting more confusing, what is a fin keel?
I can't look around for something I have no idea.
Thank you for the links, now I am really confused:confused: :confused:
Those boats all look alike to me, except the large blue one, with two masts. The big fat one has two wheels, why?
And you're still missing out on multihulls... Catamarans—which have two hulls, and Trimarans—which have three..
This is a fin keel sailboat.
This is a full-keel sailboat:
I hope this helps.
BTW, an excellent book for learning a lot about sailing and boats is David Seidman's The Complete Sailor, and David Gerr's The Nature of Boats.
Giu's boat is now officially...
"THE BIG FAT BOAT!!"
...and here's why he has a wheel on each side...
and here is a racing boat keel and rudder:
Thank you.Am I missing somethin?
Why is that guy flying?
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