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old-sailer 10-01-2011 09:02 PM

What would be your favorite boat and why?

JoeDiver 10-01-2011 09:12 PM

I don't need to go fast, just get there eventually, and I prefer to be comfortable.

I would love to own a Formosa 51.....or similar....

PaulinVictoria 10-02-2011 12:56 AM

I love sailing my boat, where I sail her. She's mine, bought and paid for :)

SHNOOL 10-02-2011 07:31 PM

Paul gets it. Not that others don't mind you. However the trick is to love the boat you have, unequivocally. I've heard people say stuff like: "Life's too short to sail an ugly boat."

OK? But ugly is subjective. I have sailed much bigger boats than mine. I also don't think there is anything wrong with a loan for a nice boat that pleases you. Some like to race (usually to hone skills), others are cruisers (mostly on this forum). It's all good!

The reality is, this sport of ours is, what you make it to be (as are most things in life). Buy what you love. Love what you buy!

My boat was cheap, paid for, and I am putting many hours of work into her. I want to restore her to her brandy new state. She's a sailing machine as she stands now. I plan on improving on that. That's just me! I am landlocked, and would LOVE to get something on blue water (we've done it a bunch before). However, right now it is about this boat, that I can get to on the water within an hour from my house. My stress reliever that is paid for. She's already paid for herself to me as well, as I've had more great times on this boat in JUST this summer than I would have had otherwise.

We take the same approach to our other hobby of field trialing. We have a simple 2 horse bumper pull trailer. My rusted old pickup truck (that runs real well), and we go, run our dogs against guys that have 100k+ rigs and $1000/month pro's training their dogs. It's a real hoot to beat their dogs on the ground with our paid-for rig.

Well, I start racing next year in our "for fun" PHRF races. Let's see if my $4000 sailboat can smack down some high priced floating loans.

With that same approach, I will likely be dropping in bigger and bigger waters soon. The ability to pull the boat out, and drive it to larger water is a helluva gas! Gunk holing trailer sailor style. I sure won't be doing the run to the Bahamas with it (maybe) but you can darnwell bet I will be having fun.

Isn't that why we have hobbies?

poopdeckpappy 10-02-2011 09:36 PM

It's a Tayana 37 for me, room to run-amuck on the deck and solid as a rock under sail,

oh, and comfortable as hell down below

CrazyRu 10-02-2011 09:57 PM


Originally Posted by old-sailer (Post 781629)

The Bayfield is an aesthetically pleasing craft with its bowsprit and decorative sides. It has a full hull and some say it doesn't sail all that well and it doesn't in light winds but it gets going when the wind kicks up.

I sailed Bayfield 29 and I was impressed with her sailing ability. She does it better than she looks (sorry, guys, I'm not into clipper bows:) )
Interior layout is very practical for a small boat too.

For pure sailing pleasure I'd choose A-class catamaran as favorite (beach racing cat, nothing handles better)
For cruising purposes I love my boat. She does everything I want, she is small, but comfortable, I can easy sail her without motor, and I don't hesitate to go far on my boat. She isn't bad looking either, in my eyes. Lots of storage, shallow draft. I'm pretty happy. Yes, she is old and she is never ending project, but I have time, right?

Lake Superior Sailor 10-02-2011 11:34 PM

My Cal 28 is roomy, fast, & a good looker! Sails well and with a YSM 8 for a iron jib is cheap to operate I'm in love with her!

UPHILL 10-02-2011 11:55 PM

Right now it would be the Baba 35, why you ask cuz, I am dreaming. Being 700 miles from any salt water one has to dream. The other thought is that I could put my toy on deck and cruise up to AK. It might work..

This is the toy about 11 foot long, might fit.

But till then I will float in a C-25.

CrazyRu 10-03-2011 12:07 AM


Originally Posted by old-sailer (Post 781967)
I like the look of a Ketch but not the work. Getting lazy in my old age... even though I have a main and a genoa I usually just use the main... like I said lazy... it's about the trip isn't it.

I have Cat Ketch with free standing masts. It is easiest rig to handle. Well, it is not true,easiest would be just Cat rig.Anyway, my rig is simpler and more versatile and reliable than a sloop and it is much easier to handle.

night0wl 10-03-2011 08:37 AM

A Norstar 40...which is a slightly modernized (read...added foldaway transom steps) of the classic Nordic 40. Robert Perry design, sturdy construction, better interior than a Valiant 40, and excellent performance for long range cruising. In addition, no fire-retardant blister issues. Also, I have a bridge to deal with so the rig fits under my bridge at low tide.

Oh, also, ironically the Norstar/Nordic is back in production after a nice 20 year hiatus and unfortunately, the Valiant 40/42 is out of production :(

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