Catalina 400 MKII
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Santa Cruz, California
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Re: New to sailing
Scott, I'd like to second Capta"s reply. The thing about projects boats is that they can take up sooo much time and resources. That's great. I've done a few too. However, before that commitment, you might want to take the time (consider this the first step of the project), figuring out what you like to do sailing. For example, the idea of cruising - my personal favorite sailing, by the way - has so many variations and types. And each of those variations has a set of boats that are best suited to it. In addition, each individual finds their own personal likes and dislikes. So before you start the project, study the end use that best fits you. How to do that? That's the fun part. Go sailing. Take some lessons. Go down to the docks and make friends. It's amazing how many people really want, and need, people to crew on their boats. Sail a bunch of different boats, with different people, and different situations. After a while you might find that your ideas of what you want, grow and change and finally you get some insight on what you really want.
By the way, a 35 to 40 foot boat is really pretty large. Depending on your needs and preferences, that might be a big project to start with. Also, the age question depends so much on different variables: what you like, the condition of the project at the start, how much money you have to spend, what your skill set is, etc. It's funny, some people just love a certain boat, and the next person just hates it. It's such a personal decision. Either way, I hope you continue to love sailing, and when the time is right, I hope you find the project boat that makes sense for both your head and your heart.