Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cleveland Ohio
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I wasn't sure if this was the right forum for asking a specific question.
Just started taking sailing lessons last year and will continue taking more this year. I am thinking about buying a boat next year and taking lessons on it until I'm comfortable alone.
I like older style boats with the traveller back by the helm. But I don't know when it make sense to upgrade and restore an older boat, rather than buying a newer model. I know a faster boat will be more fun to sail. But being 60 years old and just learning to sail, I'll be content with a boat better suited for single hand cruising. Sail 4 and sleep 2 is enough; no need for wide aft or aft cabins.
Budget is around 40,000 for a stiff boat under 31' for safe family sailing. Hull form for good stability in Lake Erie's chop, wind waves, and and severe downdrafts off thunderheads. Sails well in light winds with a powerful enough rig to drive through chop with short wave base, sharp wave faces, and close frequency. Most often used for day sailing around Cleveland, but hopefully within a few years, going to islands around shallower end of lake. Longest trip could be 70 miles across the lake to Rhondea Bay, Canada.
From what I've read, here's what sounds good. Sloop with rig design and deck layout to learn solo cruising, not racing. Simple sail plan, end boom sheeting, uncluttered deck, all lines led aft. Main sheet and powerful self tailing winches within easy reach of helm. Well designed, easy to use, reefing system. Boom high enough for bimini. Self tacking or roller furling head sail. Good visibility to leeward under head sail, and all around visibility from the cockpit. High enough freeboard aft that it's not a wet sail to windward. Reliable easy to use autopilot, inboard diesel with enough power for emergencies. 6' headroom in cabin, nav table, good ventilation. Not much use of interior hull liners, good access to plumbing runs, electrical systems, and all areas of hull. Well built boat with backing plates instead of just washers on undersides of deck hardware, V ed midships to keep water down in bilge, and good lights for night sailing.
I appreciate your recommendations.
Last edited by tpm1950; 06-04-2011 at 07:07 PM.
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