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I love my boat...but

Ok, I've had enough beer and rum that I'm struggling to find some of the keys...but here goes...it has been a while.

Here's the deal. I love my boat. It's my first. A 361 Beneteau. Probably bought too much for my first "owned" boat...made the same mistake with a woman...but that's another story!

Anyways...I'm out on the Chesepeake, sailing back towards Annapolis to drop the hook, have some drinks, and burn some steak (yes CD I bought a grill for the boat). OK, so I'm thinking I'm the sh.., and then, all of the sudden, from my port side...I get passed by another sailboat... like I'm standing still. BASTARD. WTFO. He's ruined my entire evening. The boat is 50footish or so. I'm thinking, "OK, maybe I need to trim the sails"...no go, guy and his gal are still kicking my butt. I should have listened to JeffH about in mast furling.... So now I'm feeling like I've got a slow boat. It's like realinzing that your kid is ugly. I checked the other guy to see if he's running his motor...nope.

What to do?? I guess it's time to start looking for a faster boat, no? Or learn how to trim better!

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Cliff, don't beat yourself up. There are plenty of 50 footish (and less) boats that can run circles around your boat, and mine. Twice our speed is easy for some boats. You bought a nice bought, I know, I almost bought one.

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I've never been one to give a rats ass what others think of me. I don't let things like that ruin my day, particularly when it had been so nice up to that point. I can bet he spanked your ass a little, he has more water line and more sail area.
Think of it like this, do you feel like a big man when you zip past a 20 something, hopefully not. Do you get upset when a tri zips past you, hopefully not. You're comparing apples to oranges.
If you ripped right past me I'd just wave and keep puttering along. Then my smart assed girlfriend would ask why that guy is going so much faster than us. I'd reply, "because his boat is bigger and faster, now go get me a beer."
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Bestfriemd...you're right of course. But here's what I'm thinking...I need the fastest boat on the water that I can hook up my grill to and not feel like I'm selling out...maybe, like Giu suggested...the First 36.7...

OK, so perhaps I'm "stuck" with my new gal...any ideas how I can get a few more "tenths of knots" out of her? I have in-mast furling...I think that's a limitation...what about a really easy to understand read on trimming my sails better??

No one passes my boat......again.......without me at least thinking, "damn, how are they doing that?"

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Darn...you're right too

Sapperight...ok, so you're spot on too. But still...as an ex-fighter pilot guy, with current fighter guys and their wives on board...who are saying..."wow, must suck to be slow..." kinda hurts. I hear what you're saying though and am mostly posting tounge-in-cheek...where's the beer???

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or is that one word and one number?

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Sant Cruz 52...hmmm, be right back, gotta look that up

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Sailing to me is not about speed, it's about chillin and a peaceful state of mind. just wait till the time comes when your doing 9.5 knots and a tri-hull passes you and disappears into the distant. at that point you will feel slow, but hey...as I first stated

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Bestfriend...Santa Cruz 52...sweet...got half a mil to loan me?

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Oh yeah, he makes a 70'er if you really want to show off.
http://www.fastisfun.com/blboats/blboats.html

Oh, you mean something you and I can afford? Forget it.

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