Originally Posted by Tom and Maje
I hate to say it, but if you don't know how to sail you really don't know what you're looking at. I'll give you some examples.
I sailed as a kid. Tom had not. So, I was looking at monohalls and so was he. One year we discovered catamarans and decided it was time to take lessons together. We discovered pretty quickly that he didn't like to heel. After that, we focused on catamarans. If we hadn't taken the lessons, we would have ended up buying
a boat that he would have hated.
We know couples who love the larger newer catamarans, but really hadn't sailed we they bought one of the new productions boats and went off-shore with it, they ended up having to run jacklines
(lines to hold on to) through the salon
in order to get around the salon
. There were no handholds.
If you're just going to look at boats (like we did for 8 years) have fun and look at everything. We hope to see you there.
Thanks for the advice but I know that basically I don't know anything. I have no preconception on what kind of boat I would like or anything. I am going more for the "fun" of looking at everything and to get away with my wife.
I would love it if this was only the first of many sailboat shows sprinkled in with a healthy dose of charters. This is only a fantasy right now but I want to take it slowly enough to find out if I really enjoy it and learn the right way.
This will only be a pleasure trip and not a "find the right boat" activity. Just looking forward to seeing some of the boats that I have dreamed about
Hopefully this will be the first step on a long fulfilling journey that culminates with me in the Caribbean