I think that with the number of times I have bumped across sand bars and oyster rakes I need a swing keel, plus there are those beaches. I haven't spent the night on board yet but sure look forward to it, so a reasonably comfy cabin would be nice. I worry I do, about tipping over in cold water and not being able to right, so stable as a keel boat, (without the keel) is on the want list. As I said I am fairly new to the sails and sheets part and I do like to go out alone so something that can be single handed by a not "old salt". I hope to do more than day sail when I have the right boat so room and facilities for a few days aboard. Last but not least - Character! So many of the boats I see on the water look to me like the marine equivalent of bland modern day architecture. My Potter has character. Marshall cat boats have character. In my admittedly very unseasoned opinion the perfect boat would be a Flicka with a swing keel and the same stability.
I know, I know there ain't no such boat but I suspect I will get closer to what I am looking for quicker if I can benefit from the experience of the folks I see posting here.
Oh, the money part. I don't know exactly. I will be selling an old Airstream camper, a Gravely mower, a double wide trailer, maybe another camper and maybe even my beloved Potter so I guess I will have a few thousand to spend. My wife even claims to love me enough to pitch in a bit if needed.
Little boat with a big heart.
Bigger on the inside than on the outside.
Stable enough to compensate for my boo boos and to get me through the storm I will someday get caught in.
Easy for a sort of newbie to single hand.
Trailerable but roomy enough to spend a few days on with a wife and a teenage daughter.
Lines that make her look like she belongs on the water, that make you smile when you see her.
I repeat, I know the boat I want doesn't exist. I hope for some of your opinions to help me sort through all the choices out there.
Thanks to all,
Charlie and Isa and Bu
Flickas and Westerly Nomads are both small boats with a lot of capability, but neither is really trailerable.
My boat would probably qualify... it is 28' and highly trailerable, has a centerboard and only a 15" draft when the board is up. It is very stable and can deal with fairly heavy conditions with ease. It isn't self-bailing, but then few boats are... but it is close to unsinkable. It is relatively easy to single hand. Unfortunately, it isn't bigger on the inside than on the outside...for good reason—it is 18' wide when rigged for sailing.
However, her sister ships are probably out of your price range.
You might want to look here
, since they have a few for very good prices.
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