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07-26-2006 12:09 PM
Gary M Basilboy, at this point in your sailing career looking for something that you can take offshore is probably impratical. I would highly recomend a good solid fin keel boat in the 28-30 ft range. My first priority with a boat is that it is fun and has excellent sailing and handling characterstics. This may mean sailing out of a berth or harbour if your motor dies. A Westsail may not do that particularly well.

I would suggest that what you meed is much more experience, the more capable and confident that you are, the more relaxed she will be. It is not a function of the boat but the capabilities. Lots of crusing or racing with other sailors would likely help a lot. I have a friend with a Westsail that hardly ever leaves the dock.

Gary
07-26-2006 11:28 AM
DrOfWaves Look around for a well kept Cape George 31 or 36. Very strong and the 36 is reasonably fast.
07-22-2006 09:21 AM
Surfesq Hi Jim. Thanks. (I think!). lol. I like to make the occasional joke. But I also try to answer peoples questions when I am confident that I have useful answer.
07-22-2006 07:41 AM
owlmtn Surfesq, very mature attitude. I love civilized discourse. Jim L
07-17-2006 06:20 PM
Gene T I have been up and down the West coast and it has been memorable. First in an old wooden boat and later in a modern 50 footer. Both times were cold and miserable, but we always felt safe. I have been offshore in my last boat, a lightweight 30 footer and we also felt safe. I have always found 30 foot boats to feel big, yet be easy to handle and are quite affordable. I have finally decided to go larger but only because I want comfort.

It wouldn't hurt to look at some of the late 70s early 80s 30 ft Catalina's, Newport's, Ericson's to see if you can live with them for a few years sailing/cruising locally. You will both learn a lot and have some fun in the process. You will be in a much better position later to select your offshore boat.
07-17-2006 05:06 PM
CBinRI
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I don't necessarily agree with that. The comment was made for fun and it didn't discourage the contingency from answering his questions. There was really no need to slam me. Frankly, that was more rude if you think about it. A little levity doesn't hurt anyone after all.
Maybe you're right. Point taken. I'll take back the "jerk" and pretend I'm not a "puss." lol
07-17-2006 04:57 PM
Surfesq I don't necessarily agree with that. The comment was made for fun and it didn't discourage the contingency from answering his questions. There was really no need to slam me. Frankly, that was more rude if you think about it. A little levity doesn't hurt anyone after all.
07-17-2006 04:53 PM
CBinRI
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Originally Posted by Surfesq
CBinRi: Don't be such a puss. The same question has been asked a thousand times on this Board. And, it got answered by same old guys who answer all the questions on this board. Thats what is so funny about it and why I asked the question. By the way, do you know for certain that he is not the adminstrator? Do you? I think we should ask him just to confirm.
Dude, you may be correct about everything you say. Your manners still suck.
07-17-2006 04:40 PM
Basilboy I want to thank everyone for their obviously thoughtful responses to a complex issue, and yes, I’m aware that there is more to it than “what’s the best boat”.
The comment was made that a boat is only as safe as the crew and maintenance. I completely agree with this. But as our experience with the T-bird will attest, the design of a boat can have a significant impact on your experience. I’m doing my best to become a better sailor, but I know the characteristics of a boat will profoundly affect my wife’s experience. For instance, I enjoy a buried rail but she finds it unsettling. It probably doesn’t help that we have only sailed on our Hobie cat and the T-bird, which is a very tender racer. You always seem to be on the edge of catastrophe on those things. ☺
I’ve read a few online logs of folks that have taken their Westsails down the coast from the Pacific Northwest to Mexico and while summertime winds up here can be fickle, most folks head to Mexico in the fall and both of these boats talked of almost constant winds of 30-40 knots, heavy seas, few anchorages and otherwise challenging conditions. It’s coastal cruising and I suppose most boats would shake it off without a problem, but what it is like going through all that I imagine will be determined in part by what you are sailing in.
The comment was made that “If you think you can convince your wife that a boat is safe I think you will fail. She will need to come to that comfortable feeling herself, I would involve her in the process and education.” I agree with this and while I know those kind of sailing conditions will be a challenge for her, experience will be a big thing – putting lots of miles under the keel without a major disaster will go a long way in allowing her a sense of confidence in us and whatever boat we are sailing.
To leave the safe anchorage is always a risk, and we know that. I suppose this is about managing the experience of risk as much as the actual risk itself. And I’m starting to think that it was a mistake to introduce her to sailing in the above two boats.
I had thought the Tartans were a Taiwan import?
07-17-2006 03:54 PM
Surfesq CBinRi: Don't be such a puss. The same question has been asked a thousand times on this Board. And, it got answered by same old guys who answer all the questions on this board. Thats what is so funny about it and why I asked the question. By the way, do you know for certain that he is not the adminstrator? Do you? I think we should ask him just to confirm.
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