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post #21 of 57 Old 03-18-2009
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Talking balanced helm, sweet thru the water, and fun to sail, Gary Mull's Santana 37 was one nicely balanced boat. But I have to agree that whatever boat I'm on or whatever boat I currently own, is one sweet boat...as long as I'm sailing that's all that really maters...
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"But I have to agree that whatever boat I'm on or whatever boat I currently own, is one sweet boat...as long as I'm sailing that's all that really maters..."

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Nelson Marek 68. Sweet sled ride. Best memories are slicing through the Mac fleet at 8-1/2 knots in 7 knots true wind going upwind and surfing at 17 knots in 8 foot waves and 25 knots of wind in control. Boat sails like a big dinghy. Picture is boat going under the Bluewater bridge in Port Huron, I'm the third crew from the stern.
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Like so many others here, my boat is the sweetest boat I have sailed on. But I would say a couple of my favorite sailing memories was sailing on a square rigged ship for a couple days. When I had the good fortune to sail on the USCG Eagle, I was able to take the helm under sail. What exhilaration! And the most interesting part was if I released the wheel she would slowly head up head to wind. But of course, she is a sailboat. Another was when I sailed on a working Skipjack here on The Chesapeake Bay (the last US working fleet of sailboats). It too was an amazing day although a bit cold.

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I have sailed a bunch of boats, as you can imagine. Still, the best one I have ben on is actually the Catalina 400. I am not saying that because she is my current boat. I am being honest. SHe is fast (loves running in the 7's), sure footed, well balanced, points well, very comfortable down below, and has a nice, slow, easy motion.

I think there are better boats out there, but I can only give this boat praise. Her drawbacks are her draft, lazarette, some difficulty in her system runs, and that she has two small heads versus one good one. But my wife would not budge on the last one as we have two boys.

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My last boat; a J/37. She was fast and easy to sail. Sold it in a weak moment. My current boat, J/34c sails well, but not quite as nice as the J/37. Also, the Tartan 37's get really good marks in my book. Very well mannered boats.
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I owned a Hobie Miracle for 4 years many moons ago. It was a great handling boat. We could hike out, pull in the main, and hold it on one for pretty much an indefinate amount of time. Super fast, responsive, and a blast to sail.
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Mine, of course (Catalina), but sailing past Tatoosh, with its 40 foot sailboat, custom built into its side, looked pretty cool. If Paul Allen wants to invite me aboard, I'm so there.
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The square topsail schooner Shenandoah. Bob Douglas drew her lines based on the revenue cutter Joe Lane. You can sail that boat all day long without ever touching the helm. She points as high as most full keeled cruising boats and she can sail onto a dock with the best of them. (she doesn't have an engine)
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