Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Gloucester, MA
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Nitefly, the term pulling boats refer to boats that can be rowed. If you know what one of the old whaleboats that Outward Bound used to use is, that is an example of a pulling boat. The boats that Chewonki uses perform better than the OB ones but are not racing machines. The program uses two boats, each one having 5 campers and a leader that travel together primarily sailing (and rowing from time to time) the Maine coast. It is more of a traditional camping experience. When I did the program, the boats carried no electronics except a VHF for emergencies and they did all of the fog navigation by dead reckoning which was a great experience.
This type of experience isn't for everyone but for the right person, it is amazing. If they are expecting high performance dinghies, gaff sails and wooden masts won't appeal. Also, if they don't like like camping, it isn't a good fit. You could also look at something like Outward Bound but they focus more on life changing experiences rather than fun.