Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ossining, NY
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I have about 55 yrs sailing experience in all the usual places, and a few unusual ones. Home port is on the Hudson River not far from the TappanZee Bridge (30 mi. N of Manhattan).
Most of my experience has been between West Point (USMA) and Martha's Vineyard. Other sailing areas (charter and friends boats)) have been: Tasman Sea, Indian Ocean, Med., Sea of Japan, Carribbean, S.F. Bay, Cam Ranh Bay, Bodensee...
Emily and I are recently retired, and sailing a smaller boat as an experiment. This boat is a 23' Menger Catboat. We enjoy cruising so I'm setting it up as a pocket cruiser. Em wants a larger boat (she really liked our 33' Cat-Ketch), but I think this can work nicely for two. It will let us into a lot of places the fixed keel wouldn't let us go. The Menger draws 30" board-up. Great for getting between islands and into quiet anchorages.
This season should answer the question. Since February I've added: windlass, auto pilot (w/ data link to GPS), wireless instruments, custom sail (450 sq. ft), new cushions, hard dodger, full cockpit canvas, teak binnacle, teak cooler table, small refrigerator, high-tech running rigging, and changed the cabin layout.
I'll report our results if anyone's interested.