I have spent my life pretty much evenly on power and sail: over 80K miles under sail, and another 80K miles on powerboats. I had planned to retire on a powerboat, following Steve Dashew's lead.
Luckily, before I bought or built the final boat (once retired, I figure I won't buy another boat), fuel
prices went up. Otherwise, I would be stuck with a marina queen. Even at 1 or 2 or 3 mpg, its a hell of a lot of retirement
checks to get anywhere.
So, I'm building a sailboat.
The key problem was the danger
of sailing when one's bones get brittle, muscles get weak, reflexes fade. As we age, we heal much slower, if at all. And the typical sailboat, following race
boat fashion, is very highly loaded.
Sure, Linda and Steve Dashew sailed Beowulf by themselves across oceans. But the reality was this: if anything went wrong, they would have been in deep yoghurt.
Fortunately, one does not need to have high loads, its just that the fashion-following designers follow the race
boat style, which means very high loads. I chartered a gaff rigged boat in Maine
, and discovered that the old ways had some huge advantages. Such boats have very low loads, so specialized equipment
isn't needed, just rope
, and sometimes a bit of tackle, but hydraulics, cross lined winches, electric
winches, solid vangs, travelers, .... nope.
Also, the dominate factor in the cost of a sailboat -- mono or multihull
-- is load. The taller the rig, the stiffer the boat, the heavier the boat, the higher the loads, the higher the cost. To build, to maintain, to repair the boat, to heal the injured.
So, with a suitable design, no problem.
The problem is there are exactly zero such boats available on the market, new or used.
So I'm building custom.