I'm hoping to get some feedback or some points in the right direction. I started sailing up here a couple of years ago and have made it through Bareboat certification and am now in shopping mode. I've been in this mode since I started sailing. I'm sure you all can relate to this!
I'm a single father of three boys and I am looking for characteristics in a sailboat that is set up more for single handed sailing. My boys are young, 11, 9 and 7 so they aren't going to be much help just yet, i.e. trimming the sails, setting anchor
. They could probably hold the wheel steady for a couple of minutes though if need be while I did the above.
First what should I be looking for in this type of boat other than all lines
led aft to the cockpit? Are there any boats (models/manufacturers) that are better suited for single handed sailing than others? I saw something on the Shannon website touting their boats as being particularly suited for single handed sailing.
Currently doing mainly coastal sailing here in Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords...deep, cold water sailing and anchoring but will want to eventually go bluewater and explore Kodiak, the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutians.
Budget is around 80,000 to 100,000.