Over the past six months or so, I have done a pretty exhaustive search to find the right boat for me. And thanks to some great advice and shared experience from members here, I believe I found, at least, the type of boat I intend to buy. Not to mention, I read about 30 books
and countless articles.
But, that is only step one. Being new to all this - cruising, liveaboard
, sailing, etc- I naturally have a long list of questions.
First, should I get a hard dinghy
? I read that RIBs do not last long and require periodic patching, repairs
, etc. I cannot see that problem with a hard dinghy
, such as a Walker Bay.
The cost is not a consideration as they are about the same. Storage
and weight is an issue since I will have to haul it aboard and store it. (I am looking to buy a catamaran
so space is not as big a factor as if I was considering a monohull)
Second, should I go with oars or get an outboard
? While the outboard
has its advantages, it does come with many disadvantages such as hauling it up on the davits
, cost of the motor
, the necessity of needing a gas can. With a catamaran
, I can anchor
close to shore so rowing may not be as big a factor and frankly, the exercise may be a good thing.
Third, is it a good idea to Start off with a year's provisioning
, etc? How difficult is it to replace simple things factoring in both cost and availability) when outside of the US? My plan is to cruise
around the Bahamas
before embarking on a transatlantic cruise
and possibly continuing on from there.
Fourth, since a catamaran can anchor
close to shore, should I still use a safe 7-1 scope
? Wouldn't the proximity of the shore be a factor to consider along with tide changes? 3 feet of depth
along with 3 feet of freeboard will mean an approximate 42-45 scope
, I guess that is not very much and shore should not even play a part, but that close, depth
Lastly, at the least, these are probably very remedial but advice from the experienced is always welcomed.