Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Buffalo, NY
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Where to spend my time?
Windsurfing is my passion, but when the wind falls below 12 knots and I can no longer plane... I sail. Then, if the wind falls below a breath, to nothing, I kayak. I live on the shore of Lake Erie, and when I look out in the morning, or while I'm doing my chores around the house, I can tell what I'm going to be doing later that day by looking at the water. When I first got interested in sailing, I bought an old venturecat15 catamaran and fixed her up, sailed her one season on Lake Erie. I found that she was fast, but wet, (I was continually sprayed and soaked) and her old hulls moved independently from each other in a good blow and seemed like they would come apart...
So, I now have a CL16 monohull, which is sturdy and dry. I've had her two years, and I want to take her out camping in the future.
I have 15 more years to work, and during that time, I plan to buy a 20some footer and sail on Lake Erie as much as possible until I retire, then live aboard and become a snow bird sailing up and down the east coast, following the seasons.
The trouble is, when i buy a keel boat and keep her in a slip, I know I will be spending all my spare time there, and my windsurfing and kayaking time may suffer. I know that at some point I need to graduate to a big boat, but I'm hesitant to do so. I'm also working on my house and still have some work to do there. All good problems, just waiting for the right time. I guess it will be obvious when it's right. In the mean time, I'll sail my CL16.