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Singlehanding a 41' Hunter DS?

That sounds like a very rational plan. Keep us informed of how it goes! We all want to see you own a boat, we just don't want you to regret it unnecessarily, or make a foolish investment.

Oh, and we all want a friend in Miami so we can come visit and sail on your new boat!

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Re: Singlehanding a 41' Hunter DS?

@Networker I started sailing an Oday 22 and just recently jumped to a Hunter 33. I skipped the "middle" boats in the high 20ft range. I dumped money into my 22 and got it really nice then sold. Had I gone with bigger right off the start, I would not have to start all over making it my way as I am kind of doing now. So keep that in mind that if you don't go big enough you may outgrow sooner then you think. This is exactly what someone told me on this very forum years ago and they were right. I most certainly outgrew my 22 and fairly quick. I used to single hand that boat all the time without breaking a sweat. This Hunter here is taking some time to get used to as far as docking it. No problem taking it out the slip or sailing it single handed, it is just bringing it back into the slip. I can't just stick my leg out and stop it from moving like I was able to do with my 22. In fact just the keel on the Hunter weighs what my entire Oday 22 boat weighed! So yeah it would take some practice docking until you get comfortable with it. It is kind of like coming in to land an airplane, if you are not lined up correctly with the runway just circle around and try again. That is what I do with my Hunter and I always get her in fine on the second try. A 41DS is a lot of boat for a new sailor but if you go sailing on someone elses boat and love it and think you will want to live on the boat and spend sometime onboard, I would go with that 41 and you will be done. Remember that the bigger the vessel the more maintenance costs but hey don't sweat it. You will love all the extra space and luxury a bigger boat offers. Oh and do make sure a slip is available for it where you want. It's sometimes harder to find slips for 40+ ft boats in certain places.
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Re: Singlehanding a 41' Hunter DS?

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And....remember this, at your age (any age) chicks love boats
They sure as heck do! Let me also say these things are chick magnets. It's like forget the sports cars and get a sailboat. Me and a few friends of mine said too bad we did not completely know this when we were younger Oh and you are correct (any age) really.

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Re: Singlehanding a 41' Hunter DS?

ya know, if I were in your situation, after doing all the research and finding the boat I like and want, I think I would go ahead and get it and then find someone with sailing experience on that type ask them to teach me to sail her, not just over a weekend but for the summer. Sail the islands. After 4 or 5 months you would probably be pretty good at handling your boat... the rest will become experience.

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ya know, if I were in your situation, after doing all the research and finding the boat I like and want, I think I would go ahead and get it and then find someone with sailing experience on that type.
This is a boat not an airplane, exoerience in type is not mandatory to sail it. If someone knows how to sail, they can figure out a new boat in an hour or so. Experience in type counts on a raceboat maybe but not a production cruise boat.

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Perhaps, but I suspect there is quite a bit of difference between handling a 25 McGregor and a 41 ft. Hunter... I'm just saying.
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Another thing to think about is insurance. We just bought our first boat. Were looking at sizes from 25 to 40 feet. Ended up with a 31 foot, but the insurance company asked alot of questions about our sailing experience. We had some, but not very much. They said we probably would not have qualified for insurance for a 40 footer.
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Insurance could be an interesting gotcha. How do they verify experience?
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A lot of the new boat designs are going like the Oceanis 41- wide beam carried far aft. The boat looks like it has a relatively flat bottom- how does a boat like this go to weather? Does she pound?
Well, I have one. In fact, sitting in the cockpit now. Spent the day sailing. Nope, doesn't pound. Wife was at the helm, 50 degrees off the wind, 16 knots true. She took her hands off the helm, stayed true.

Super easy to sail well.

Don't have the joystick. Just a thruster and folding 3 blade. Great around the dock.

It's a coastal cruiser, though.



Kinda nice. Wasn't any wind when we headed out....back to the dock 8 hours later. Nice day sail.
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They will ask you about years of experience, and formal training. ASA courses count and you can get a lot done in 6 months if you are focused. Insurance companies seem to be far more worried about watercraft that move faster than 8 knots and the damage they can make. For instance they exclude coverage for racing. Unless you are on a sailboat.
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