Originally Posted by mtnsapo
ok, maybe slightly off topic, but i find myself in the same place as the OP. I am not looking to buy my 30+ft cat for another 2-5 years. Is it beneficial to still get out and sail 25-35 ft monohulls over the next 2-5 years? How much can I be on the water
in SF bay
and still learn something year after a year? I plan do do all th ASA
certs as the OP, but when is it the right time to say "enough with the small boats, I need experiance on the bigger (relative) boat I plan to buy and sail for many years around the globe???"
Any water time is beneficial, the basics of sailing on a smaller boat translate to larger boats, the physics and principles are the same just on a larger scale.
We aren't planning on getting out "big" boat for another 4-5 years. But we have enjoyed sailing on our smaller 22. We have learned so much about boat systems, rules of the road, wind
I learn something everytime I am out on the boat, trimming the sails
a little better each time I am out, getting that extra out of the boat.
Learned how to rudder
push my boat when my engine
failed. Stressful situations happen and we learn to deal with these situations. We have practiced man overboard
We have know people who have just jumped in and went from no boat to a 45 foot, we know others that have started in little 15 foot lasers, moved to a 22, then to a 29, then to a 38 and now a 52. Took them 40 years to make the transitions.
When the time is right for your needs is when the time is right to move to a bigger boat. Our plan is based both on financial reasons, my current
lifestyle and location. We work alot, and don't get to sail as much as I want, so why have a huge boat when I just get out day sailing
. Due to many shallow areas near where we sail the larger boats just aren't as practical, when we have seasonal low water levels the big boys get stuck in the marina and are unable to go out.