Join Date: Mar 2016
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Re: In FL looking to buy boat for the ICW
Thank you for the replies!
I loved the Catalina 27 I had and got quite comfortable single-handling it. My reasoning for staying smaller was to keep "cost of ownership" lower (haul-out, re-fitting, ground tackle, bottom jobs, blah blah blah-- read the Pardey's about staying under 30' and took it to heart). And, while I'm a fairly fit 59, I thought if I got in jam, I'd rather deal with a 5000 lb boat than a 10,000 lb boat. I also bought a book called "Anchoring" from Uncle Bob's web site and it's scaring the crap out of me about anchoring. That's an area I don't have much experience in, and I lost quite a few anchors in Lake Travis (near Austin). I don't expect to have a boat big enough to have powered windlass and I'd rather man-handle an anchor for the smaller boat. Before I left Austin it occurred to me that if I actually do this (buy a boat, do the ICW), soon my ability to consistently and successfully set and retrieve an anchor would become a pretty important part of my life.
Also, this is sort of an experiment, a learning experience, and it seemed better to experiment with a smaller, cheaper boat.
But, I do appreciate the feedback!