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Re: Total newbie
Honestly after having been away from sail ans sea for so long I feel like a total newbie.
Looking around for what was 40-45 feet turned into 30-35 feet very quickly here.
My first love was the Manitou (google manitou JFK) on the southern ches. She is gorgeous! I have yet to speak with anyone else who sailed her or even see any pictures of her in her full racing rig with bow sprit attached. A more classic and beautyful Sparkman and Stevens yawl (uh huh that's right,,,a YAWL) you will never see. Designed as a yawl, built as a yawl, and driven to this very day as a YAWL.
She was part of that blackened out area in the south ches known as Piney Point and the Seafarer's International Union's School of Seamanship At the time we were running her through fast some and go 40Kt+ winds thanks to the thunder heads available there.
For those not of the Ches, let me speak for a moment here about her. The average depth is 21 feet. The sand bottom is most forgiving to a point.
Nobody here I have read yet addresses these points. It does not take much course deviance or wave action to find yourself bouncing off the bottom.
So take heed newbies! The many from the Ches never speak of the ACTUAL sailing conditions in their own area. They grew up there and just figure its like the same everywhere,,,,,,,,,,,,,,its not. Nor is any other place you are headed for.