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|12-20-2008 02:28 AM|
|captainmidnight||I taught sailing for 10 years in the Seattle area. We started people out on J-24's so they could "learn to sail" then they graduated to Cat 36's for the advanced lessons. I often wondered since most only wanted to sail the 36's if they wouldn't have learned more and become more competent just starting straight on the 36's. If you buy a 28 get it all set up and then turn around to buy the 37 the wife wants......Maybe things would be simpler to start out on the 37 with a competent instructor till you're ready to go it alone. Some couples learn faster to begin with in separate classes.|
|12-20-2007 08:56 PM|
re-coring the deck
Originally Posted by sailhog View Post
In general, though, I'd have to say that if you have moderate skills, it's really not that tough. Finishing the job -- making it look good -- is actually the tough part.
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|02-27-2007 05:47 PM|
|sailingdog||One thing that Don Casey says in his book "Good Old Boat" is that generally, the first boat teaches one a lot about what one does and doesn't want in a boat, and that the second boat is often the one that is kept for years and years... after having learned what is important to them the first time around.|
|02-27-2007 04:51 PM|
Originally Posted by freddy4888
I'm on my first sailboat and we benefited from lots of reading and researching on the internet and we found a boat that is perfect for us to learn on, comfortable for both of us as a weekend get away, and purchased for a price that I feel certain will not kill me to get out of. The more I learn the more I understand how fortunate our choice was.
That said, in one short season of sailing my current boat I learned far more about what to look for in my next boat than any amount of reading or research could offer.
|02-27-2007 12:41 PM|
Originally Posted by sailaway21
The number one decision is to get a boat that the admiral will enjoy being in, or you will have to plan on sailing without her.
|02-27-2007 10:17 AM|
BTW, as much as I love the Triton, I think that you'd probably be better off in a slightly bigger boat. A 28' boat is awfully tight for four people. An Alberg 30 or Southern Cross 31 would give you a good deal more room, as well as a good turn of additional speed, while not being all that much more difficult to handle or much more expensive to own/maintain.
|02-27-2007 10:10 AM|
Originally Posted by sailhog
|02-27-2007 09:21 AM|
Originally Posted by pmoyer
Two minor points: for the type of sailing you describe, I think you would much prefer roller furling for your jib. There may be advantages to hard-core sailors with experienced crew to hank on jibs, but I would guess that when the wind picks up, you and your daughters would brefer to make a few turns on the furler rather than trying to change the head sail in a chop.
Also, I agree with your conclusion that you shouldn't only consider diesels if everything else about the boat is right. I would suggest that if all else is equal, go for the diesel. It is not only safer, as you point out, but lower maintenance and will generally last much longer.
Best of luck. You are certainly headed in the right direction.
|02-27-2007 07:58 AM|
Originally Posted by Sailormann
|02-27-2007 01:34 AM|
|Sailormann||Well - my 2 cents - poop and get off the pot. You're going to be sailing up and down the Chesapeake. Overnighting, coastal weekending, once a year a two week trip...doesn't matter what boat you buy. Not a lot of them that can't fulfill your requirements. Buy one and get out there and sail it. You will grow to love it, regardless of what it is, and then one day one of it's little idiosyncracies will just tee you right off and you'll sell it and start all over again. You need a hull that doesn't leak, a mast that is stout, sails that aren't too damaged, a head with a privacy curtain and an anchor. Everything else, including an engine, is non-essential and can be acquired when the need arises.|
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