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|11-01-2014 12:24 AM|
Re: Status of my boat search - Catalina 28
Since it's the 5-year anniversary of shopping for our first (and current) keelboat, I re-read this thread (and a few others) to remind myself of some of the things we went through as we considered larger and larger boats, but ultimately decided to go smaller/newer with our Catalina 250.
We love the C250. It has been a perfect boat for us, and will continue to be for at least a couple more years. Low maintenance, low storage costs, easy winterization, surprisingly roomy cockpit, etc. The boat is so simple that we just sail, and that's great.
We haven't done much cruising, but it's not because the boat's too small. It is because our lives don't allow time for it. We've chartered for a couple weeks, and we have done numerous weekends and a several 4-7 days cruises taking our boat down through canal into the Bay as far as Rock Hall. In fact, we actually did more cruising this year than the previous four years combined, so we're heading in the right direction.
Our original plan was to keep the boat near home for a year, then move to the Bay. But it has ended up being five years in Essington, and counting. We just like having the boat near home so we can do frequent daysails. Next year we will probably stay in Essington again, but I will try to move down to Bohemia River around Labor Day and keep it there for the month of September.
While I feared that we would quickly outgrow our boat and want something bigger, the opposite has happened and we have grown more attached to her as we found ways to make the most of what we have. A Magma grill has made cooking much easier and keeps the heat out of the cabin in the summer. I've figured out how to use a portable air conditioner which we use for only 2-3 nights each summer. Even though we hardly ever use it, just having it available makes a huge difference, because it eliminates any fears that we will be miserable on the boat. We try not to use it, but we know it's there if we need it.
Soon I'll be dropping the mast for the winter and throwing a tarp over top to protect from snowfall. (Easy mast stepping is another nice benefit of the smaller boat.) I'm looking forward to getting caught up on other stuff this winter, hoping spring is just around the corner.
|04-03-2010 11:26 PM|
My first experience years ago was when I anchored behind Reedy Island ( 5 miles S of the C&D Canal on the Delaware side) on a trip from the Chesapeake to Cape May. It has become our favorite stpover on our transit to New England every year to set up the run with the curent/ tide down the Delaware to Cape May.
Our first year we anchored/// wind from the SSE,,,tide running in. I awoke at 1 AM with a rush of air coming down the companionway steps. When anchoring in the Chesapake with very little tide/ current you always have you bow pointed into the wind,,,air comming down the front hatch. I bolted up the steps,,sure we were dragging anchor. After 10 minutes I realized that the tide/ current against the keel was the predominate factor aligning the boat vs the direction of the wind. Was a great lesson learned about the strength of the tide on the Delaware.
|04-03-2010 11:07 PM|
[QUOTE]Docking went much better this time, partly because we were docking against the current instead of with it. I stood backwards in front of the pedestal and backed in the whole way, including pulling in through the fairway backwards. It may have looked odd, but the boat really responded better with the outboard motor "dragging" the boat behind it./QUOTE]
Many don't realize just how strong the currents can be on the Delaware river. When the wind dies it is very easy to sail backwards.
|04-03-2010 10:57 PM|
Today we got our first chance to take the "new" boat out under sail. Things went great, and we successfully circumnavigated Little Tinicum Island. I hired Steve Mink, who runs the Liberty Sailing School in Philly (and the Liberty Sail and Canvas Loft), to make sure we didn't get ourselves into too much trouble.
Docking went much better this time, partly because we were docking against the current instead of with it. I stood backwards in front of the pedestal and backed in the whole way, including pulling in through the fairway backwards. It may have looked odd, but the boat really responded better with the outboard motor "dragging" the boat behind it.
|04-01-2010 09:16 AM|
Originally Posted by NickPapagiorgio View Post
|04-01-2010 07:28 AM|
|NickPapagiorgio||Congrats on the boat purchase... Maybe it got lost in the shuffle, but where did you decide to keep her?|
|03-28-2010 05:26 PM|
Congrats and Good luck. Hope to see you on the Chesapeake soon.
|03-28-2010 08:42 AM|
It was a pleasure to share the first time on the river with you yesterday.
Your docking skills where quite good for first time docking in tidal current.
Keep practicing in different phases of the tide, add wind and every day will be different.
Get comfortable with the boat then enter Smacks Global Reggata.
|03-27-2010 11:17 PM|
|sailingdog||Congrats and good luck with her.|
|03-27-2010 08:45 PM|
All - Back to the original topic of this thead, on Thursday we surveyed the Catalina 250, closed the deal Friday, and motored her down the river to Essington, PA today. It was a chilly ride, but fun nonetheless. (Thanks for you great company and advice, Ulladh!) The breeze was too light and time too limited to put the sails up, and docking in the strong Delaware River currents was a real challenge. Both of those items are going to need a lot of work in the near future.
If anyone has any links to good docking tricks I'd appreciate them. I was having particular trouble backing up with (but slower than) the current. I would tend to turn the rudder in the direction to move the stern as if the boat was backing up in slack water, so the boat would move the opposite way from what I expected because even though SOG was negative, its speed relative to the water was positive. Any special visualization tricks to override my natural (incorrect) reflexes would be appreciated! Meanwhile I'll go have a look to see what Chapman's says about the topic.
My sincere thanks to all of you for the advice your provided during my search!
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