Re: Singlehanding a 41' Hunter DS?
Hi everyone, I'm overwhelmed by all the great advice and words of caution. I had to look up what a bow thruster was (still don't quite get it, but seems to be a prop in the front to help make turns) and other advice you have all given, and it has only shown that I don't know what I don't know.
My logic has been thus. Just got divorced and lost my house, dog, etc (losing the dog really hurts). Since it's just me, I can now live anywhere in the world, even a tent if i had to, while I get my life back together. I need a short term plan until I figure out my long term plan. I could move back to NYC where my life would revolve around bars and restaurants, traffic on weekends if I wanted to get away, with a boat somewhere. Hate the weather and lifestyle, can only sail in summer, and having been there 10 years, want something new. Second choice was California, maybe SD of SF, with SF seeming like a better choice given the sailing, weekend trips in the mountains, access to Vegas, and city itself. Weather isn't so great, but better lifestyle and access to women in the city. This is probably where I'll end up, but the water is cold and can't jump off boat. So finally, I figured i could move to Miami and live on South Beach near warm water, sail year round, enjoy weather and access to women, plus use weekends sailing to vacation-like places with access to longer vacations to Bahamas and Caribbean, it was a great short term plan until I know what the heck to do. Looking at apartments on South Beach, many were small, and living in a larger apartment alone didn't seem like a good choice day 1. So then if I moved into a tiny apt and bought a boat, the boats I looked at were NICER, although maybe not as big, but close enough in comparison to a small apartment / townhouse on the beach.
So my logic was why not try to live in a bigger boat, but one that wasn't so big that I couldn't use it, but big enough to sail on and leverage on weekends or week trips until I figure out my long term plan. hen I could sial it to SF or NYC or whatever I end up doing and have it as my weekend/summer toy. But in the meantime, learn how to use it in Miami and enjoy life a bit. That's the genesis behind my question.
If I just lived on board and never took it out, my friend said I'd still have to get it up river in Miami during hurricanes, so no matter what, iI'm going to have to know how to sail it. And If i live on a boat up river, not sure if that's on a mooring or in a marina, so I need to look into that. If this dream is impossible, then i can get a starter boat and live in a condo, but seems like some people think its' ok and others think I'm going to get into trouble.
I did go to the Spring Sailboat Annapolis show earlier this month just to see what was livable. Then I mashed up minimum size I could live on with smallest keel size so I could use it down Florida, and came to same conclusion many have come up with - catamaran is most logical choice, but most of the room is spent on beds and I'm alone, it's a waste of space. That is still an option since those can sail into skinny water, but wasn't sure for a single guy if wanted it. I do like the nets in front and think chicks would like to lounge on that as opposed to the small back of a sailboat, so its still an option. With that said, I then looked at the Hunter since it had the best inside look and space, plus the 'master bedroom,' along with smallest keel size (Island Packet had even smaller keel size, but I didn't love the interior).
Why I don't pick a different boat or more upscale boat are good questions, and I could, but just wanted to balance cool interior with functionality. The Halberg looked nice, but didn't have a master bedroom that I could live on. I also need to research what the buttons on the winch mean in terms of 1 finger sailing to see if that's a good tradeoff or not. Finally, I'm not living on any boat unless I can get DirectTV (I see its available on boats) so i can watch my football on Sundays.
With that said, love the advice and hope it keeps coming. Seems if I can learn to dock, i'm in business. Being a passenger on a boat, I assume the only reason I can't dock solo is that I want someone to jump off and put the rope on the hooks and help pull boat in, correct? That's something I can't do alone unless I pull it in perfectly and cut off engine at right time, coast in, etc?
Because I don't know what I don't know yet, it seems like the advice given is that sailing solo is much easier, except when I get into trouble. Then it's life or death. When in trouble, which I assume is too much wind, can't i just drop sails and batten down the hatches? I've read in horrible situations, sailors would cut off sails if need be, and be three sheets to the wind. As a newbie have always wanted to ask that.