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|01-27-2012 10:59 AM|
Originally Posted by cb32863 View Post
|01-26-2012 10:33 PM|
Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
|01-26-2012 02:27 AM|
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|10-13-2011 06:24 PM|
Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
We found the PNW very live-aboard friendly but, if we intended to stay in that area we would definitely switch to a trawler.
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|10-10-2011 10:49 PM|
No idiot.... and I'm sure CB was just trying to be helpful... but to the uninitiated that stretch of coast has a horrendous reputation, esp outside the summer season.
Your stated desire to do some cruising/exploring seems to point to either a trailerable or to the idea of keeping a boat somewhat remote from where you live, but in a better cruising region like Puget Sound. Weekend cruising and quick overnighters are going to be less attractive or limited without actually moving up or down a coast that is known for bad weather and bar harbours.
Maybe you just need to try to get transferred to an area where your liveaboard/cruising dreams are more easily achieved!!
|10-10-2011 10:35 PM|
"Suggest you go out on the open ocean with an experienced skipper in his boat or on a fishing charter boat to find out if you and your wife like it before buying an ocean going boat and finding out later that either of you don't want to spend days on end on the open ocean, which at times can be like being inside an industrial sized cloths dryer."
My thoughts exactly, however finding a skipper who's willing in my area seems to be the hard part, which is why I'm talking to you guys first.
"Sailing up the coast from as far down as Newport would be a BIG DEAL!"
Yes, I expect so, please don't have any illusions that I plan to do so, I was merely asking what it was like from people who might have experience.
Why is it so difficult to express one's self succinctly in writing? CB32863's response: "A 35' sailboat is not going to have 280 sq ft of livable space inside..... They aren't a rectangle" really got me, I wasn't sure what to write back. I'm a 33 year old engineer who'd rather work with his hands than sit behind a desk, and the fact that (most) sailboats aren't rectangles seemed rather obvious. After reading other posts CB32863 has made he seems really nice, and was trying to help I'm sure, but it stung a bit.
I apologize if I've sounded like an idiot, who's going to go out and kill himself in a big boat. The only excuse I can give is that I get excited about sailing whether its the Oday Daysailer I used to own, or the canoe I converted to sail before that, or something else in the future.
|10-10-2011 08:18 PM|
Originally Posted by speedbug78 View Post
|10-10-2011 07:26 PM|
"My existing sailing experience/knowledge is from smaller sailboats (<20') in protected waters."
Suggest you go out on the open ocean with an experienced skipper in his boat or on a fishing charter boat to find out if you and your wife like it before buying an ocean going boat and finding out later that either of you don't want to spend days on end on the open ocean, which at times can be like being inside an industrial sized cloths dryer.
|10-10-2011 02:13 PM|
Originally Posted by cb32863 View Post
|10-10-2011 02:11 PM|
I would also hop on board a few boats at dealers or equal. Some boats are more open ala a Hunter/Jeanneau/Beneteau vs some what some call better built boats will be smaller in sq footage for a given size. Newer boats are roomier in general terms than boats 10-15yr+ old. There is also less solid wood, more laminates/plywoods etc used today than yrs pas. European built boats have more laminates than NA built boats due to lack of forests to get the wood among other reasons. Personally I am not always positive solid is better than a plywood. Both have places frankly.
The other question re time. If you can go with the current figure 7-9 miles an hour, if not about 5-7 for the boat itself, if agains the current, ie going up the Columbia, 3-5 miles an hour. If Portland is say 100 miles from you, that is anywhere from a looooong trip of 30 hrs to as little as 10'ish. All the way up the Wa coast in to the Str of Juan de Fuca to the san juan islands, IIRC about 400 or so miles at 5 knots is 80 hrs straight! No real places along a lot of the Wa coast to stop if things get hairy. IF you could do say 6-8 hrs a day. that is almost 2 weeks to get up here.
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