The original poster needs to be aware that he is starting to expose the many prejudices of the Sailnet crowd, which is divided into religious camps on issues ranging from what is a suitable blue water boat (whatever that is) to how to anchor to folding props to almost anything else which you can imagine having to do with sailing -- or anything else. Anyone who uses the term HunterBeneCatalina or any variation thereof is in the camp of those who don't like those boats for a variety of reasons, many of which are irrational. I happen to be in the other camp, but won't get into the wars here. I will say that bottom line every boat is a compromise, no one boat is suitable for all purposes, price and condition are huge factors, seaworthiness is as much a function of the competence of the captain and crew as anything else, and there is a tremendous amount to read and learn before you should hop out to the Gulf Stream in your new-to-you boat with yourself in charge. On the other hand, learning those things, and simply sailing, is one of the great pleasures in life.
Oh I completely understand... Im the kind of person that hears everyone out and remembers only what I think I can truly use. I have been looking into sailing for some time. But, just re-ignited the thought talking with some friends.
A few of us have pondered the notion of sailing. A few of us also pay about 2grand to fish in the gulf stream a dozen times per year. So we were entertaining the idea of enjoying sailing, and maybe getting a line wet. Not to be confused with a full on fishing trip like a normal boat.
But, to enjoy a little of each thing we love, the water, the time, and maybe a fish or two.
We can all be gone for 2 or 3 days at a time, not sure how deep we want to go right now though. Thats the financial view, ROI, Return on Investment. Where is the line drawn to what it is worth to us?
I am in total agreement I could hit the water on a sailboat and fall in love. But, for now, thats not the full picture.
I love being on the water, I love being offshore rolling through the blue water and thought maybe I could make this work. Especially with fuel prices on the rise. But, I was unaware you really couldnt safely take a 18'-25' sail boat 25-50 Miles off the east coast without spending that amount of money. I am 29 and dont mind getting a little pounded, but safety is a concern. I can train my mind, but I cannot so much train a boat to hold together. I also know storms can come up on the clearest days and to be prepared.
I can say I have really enjoyed what this thread has brought out. I understand that I may never fully understand what these waters are capable of... But, I do know I enjoy them and respect them.
I appreciate the time everyone has put into this thread...