I never understood the popularity of the Cove and Essex with larger sailboats; downtown Essex is really cool and the marina is very nice, but what a haul to the Sound from there. I figured it had to be at least an hour under power to get to the mouth of the river from Essex. I agree that you can sail on the river, especially with a smaller boat; but that seems to me to be a very limiting option.It's a LONG haul from Hamburg Cove to the Sound. Don't think I'd want to do that round trip every time I went for a sail. With a smaller boat sailing on the river is an option.
The claim is reasonable. You could seat 8 reasonably-sized adults aboard. The issue could be the "choreography" of folks when you tack, to get the heel angle you're comfortable with.
If you want to sail, IMHO you would be much better off keeping your boat near the mouth of the river. Sailing in the river is kind of constricted, and you have to deal with all of the yahoos in powerboats in that narrow area. And getting downriver in a small boat with an outboard will be quite the to-do. Sailing in the Sound is quite beautiful, and you have so many destinations relatively close at hand. The river; not so much.@mstern the proximity of Hamburg cove to my house is what got me thinking along the lines of buying a sailboat.
I’m trying to figure out the best way to take advantage. Assuming 1.5 hours pilot to the sound from the cove, I wonder if a smaller boat most frequently used in the river with 2-3 people but capable of a day out to the sound rarely is best = Capri or Catalina 22 with decent outboard
That's a nice looking boat with a big cockpit. I do suggest you sail a Compac before you buy one. Well made and easy to trailer to be sure, but those stub keels have some disadvantages. The only Compac I sailed on was years ago, but I remember the boat was somewhat tender. And to put it charitably, it was not a close-winded boat. We made lots of leeway, and I was glad that we weren't trying to get anywhere in particular upwind. The boat just couldn't point well. Like I said, it was many years ago, but I remember my disappointment as I loved the looks and quality of the boat. Just wasn't impressed with the sailability.
Thanks for the info. I didn't see that this boat had a centerboard. That ought to make things better. The Compac I was on (a 23?) many years ago certainly didn't have one; it sure could have used it.Compacs Cat boats are centreboard + stub keel. Horizon Cat has a 5 ft draft board down. In my experience Cat boats make up some for their wider tacking angles when short tacking with their ease of sailing, especially with passengers on board- just push the tiller over, no messing around with the jib, no jib winches in the way.