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Re: 3 Things you DON'T like about the boat you own.
Interesting. I'll provide information on three boats. The 'design defects' I list aren't really defects from the manufacturer or designer, but are defects for my intended usage.
1. 1986 Newport 28.
Primary use: Day sailing on the Long Island Sound. Weekend trips with family of 5
Defects: Too small. This was my first 'big boat' and allowed my family and me to sail to destinations, spend a night or two, and then sail home. After doing that for a few years I wanted to travel further and spend more nights aboard. The boat was too small for that.
2. Boat 1986 O'day 35.
Primary use: Day sailing on the long Island Sound. Weekend or long cruises with family and friends. The Newport was too small for longer trips. The O'day 35 was great for those trips. My family and I had fun trips to Montauk Point, New York City, Huntington, Connecticut etc.
Defect: Mediocre to poor sailing performance. This boat came with the shoal keel, 3 blade fixed prop, and old sails. I thought the shoal keel would be good for anchoring close to the beach for swimming and overnights (and it was). I bought new sails, which did help performance, but the shoal keep and 3 blade prop just didn't allow for great sailing performance. When I was doing cruises with my family the sailing performance didn't bother me but over time we did less trips and I started doing some racing. I thought of spending more money to improve sailing (folding prop, etc) but decided it wasn't worth it.
Defect: High maintenance costs: This boat was getting old. The motor had over 5000 hours on it. Everything worked but the maintenance costs were high.
Solutions: Next boat
As my kids got older they decided that spending a week on a small boat was not their idea of a vacation. I get it. Since I had been doing more racing (on other boats) I put a premium on sailing performance. However, I still like to spend a weekend or so aboard and I do like to be comfortable. That led to this.
Boat: 2002 C&C 110. Primary Use: Day sailing on the Long Island Sound, casual racing, weekend cruising.
Main goal of this boat: Great sailing performance. Comfortable, low maintenance.
Defect: Traveler location. The C&C 110 came with the traveler in 1 of 3 locations: Over the companionway, on the bridgedeck, or right in front of the wheel. My boat came with it located on the bridge deck. This was bad for me because I could not reach it from the wheel and it blocked access to the cabin. I sailed the boat like that for season one and didn't like it any better.
Solution: Move the traveler aft, right in front of the wheel. Bonus: I double ended the sheet by adding a cam cleat at the traveler. Now if I single hand I can trim the main from the wheel.
Defect: No bimini. The boom on the 110 is long and ends right in front of the wheel. The mainsail is large so the boom is low (when sailing upwind). This leaves no room for a bimini. At anchor I put up an umbrella for shade but it does not work as well as a bimini would.
At this point in my life the C&C is the right boat for me. I plan on retiring in 5 years and then doing more cruising. I don't think the C&C will be the right boat for that. The solution will be a different boat.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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