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08-24-2013 08:25 AM
dylanwinter1
Re: Go bigger or go now?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Group9 View Post
The Pardeys said it first and best. I wish I had listened to them when I was younger.
Twain beat the purdeys by a quite a few decades



Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
08-23-2013 08:40 PM
capttb
Re: Go bigger or go now?

Quote:
And given a choice between a stock Catalina 350 or a Flicka to drive to Bermuda from Maryland or from San Diego to Hawaii, you take the 350, I'm goin' in the Flicka!
OK, Make it a 355 and I'll tow your Flicka to Hawaii faster than you could sail it there.
08-23-2013 05:55 PM
Group9
Re: Go bigger or go now?

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Originally Posted by dylanwinter1 View Post
go now

go small

the boat you have is the best boat

better to be sailing now than dreaming about it while you save up for thje big one

D
The Pardeys said it first and best. I wish I had listened to them when I was younger.
08-23-2013 10:53 AM
dylanwinter1
Re: Go bigger or go now?

go now

go small

the boat you have is the best boat

better to be sailing now than dreaming about it while you save up for thje big one

D
08-23-2013 10:32 AM
Group9
Re: Go bigger or go now?

I had a 25D Cape Dory when I was 26 and I have a 42 foot Catalina now, that I went on a year long cruise on in 2010 when I was 52.

I now wish I had taken the Cape Dory and went cruising back then.
08-22-2013 04:53 AM
Omatako
Re: Go bigger or go now?

Sailing around the Carib is probably quite benign but I gotta say that when you
re in screaming winds and the seas are 40ft + a 28 foot boat becomes real small.

However having said that, I also disagree with anything like 60ft unless you're planning on crew. My wife and I believe we're on the upper limit with 44 ft and would definitely not go bigger. Bigger things take bigger money, bigger effort.

So in essence I agree with the go now club.
08-21-2013 05:24 PM
Ferretchaser
Re: Go bigger or go now?

go for it now. Like NOW. People told me flat out that I was mad going to go for a single handed trans at with a boat that I built, with no automatic steering or wind vane ant the wrong time of the year in the wrong direction.
It was my 16th trip over the pond but all the others had been the trade wind routes from the canaries. I got hammered in the bay of Biscay and then when i got to the gulf stream. I would do it again in a heart beat, as it was the one thing that I did that was a proper challenge to me and my boat.
My boat is 35 foot and has about as much free board as a floating dock and I cary a machine shop on board with a metal lathe , geny and welding gear, so she is heavy and if i take on water , down we go. At the end of the day its all in your mind. Whatever is in your comfort level is fine and there is nothing wrong with a bit of an adrenaline rush once in a while.

ATB

Michael
08-21-2013 11:19 AM
TJC45
Re: Go bigger or go now?

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Originally Posted by sailordave View Post
Been there, done that! Iowa is NOT flat either.
Congrats on finishing that ride!

Amazing how riding a bike can be a real topography lesson!!

I'm a coastal plains rider who struggles up expressway overpasses!!!!

I'm just fine with flat!
08-20-2013 05:27 PM
hellosailor
Re: Go bigger or go now?

Frogwatch, if you want to do it, do it now. Life tends to get in the way.

As to boat size, that's your call. A 28 is a nice size to singlehand and if you are content to watch the weather and wait it out a bit more often, enough boat to handle a lot. Move up to 32' and you can still use brute force against the boat, and it takes waves better. By 36-38' you've got plenty of room and the water really feels smoother all the time, but you'd better be able to outsmart the boat because it is stronger than you are. And by the time you hit 42'. you're wondering, where's the other end of the boat and why do I have to use sign language to communicate with whoever is on it.

So, maybe more, but not if it will materially slow you down. Go now, before life gets in the way.
08-20-2013 04:58 PM
sailordave
Re: Go bigger or go now?

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Originally Posted by TJC45 View Post
Go smaller! Buy a Flicka!!!!

AS for age -a funny story I read recently was about an in shape 40 year old guy who decided to ride the Ride Across Iowa. Offically known as RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) It's a non competitve 400 plus mile ride across IOWA. he mentioned it to his father who was 76 years old. Also, in shape. So much so the dad decided to try the ride as well. But, as it turned out dad didn't just ride the ride, he turned it into a race with his son. AS the son put it later, it's one thing to ride with your dad, it's another when he kicks your butt!!!

To all the younger, less informed reading this, age is relative.

Been there, done that! Iowa is NOT flat either.
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