Originally Posted by letsgetsailing3
I'm going to guess that a $125K Catalina 35 is generally more seaworthy and comfortable than a $5K boat for offshore work.
There you go guessing again! Before you were worried about getting to your anchorage an hour or so ahead of the full keel boat so you could get the best spot to anchor
and cook dinner because your boat was 60-90 seconds faster per mile.
I don't know about you but my inventory doesn't include the line and chain needed to anchor
in mile deep water
. As for dinner, set the autopilot
and open your can of sardines and a coke and go for it. You can have dinner first!
I'm starting to worry about the advice newbies receive on here. One guy says you can NEVER sleep while sailing. We better let Joshua Slocum, Robin Lee Graham, Tania Aebi, Zac Sunderland and the others know that you can't sleep while sailing offshore.
Boats are pretty much the same if you fix'm up. NOT!
Let me give a small example from inshore racing
: I was in a catamaran race
(one of 150 or so) on a NACRA 6.0. This was the sea buoy race
. A strong southeast wind
had been blowing for several days but on this day it decided to lay down to around 5-8 knots. The race is about 20 miles, 6 of which are in the gulf.
had laid down but the waves had not and the pass (to the gulf)had steep waves say nearing 8'. The NACRA 6.0 has a blunt total vertical bow and straight hulls and is usually a monster boat but on this day the waves were causing it to pound heavily and it couldn't generate speed to break through the large waves properly.
But the Hobie 16s (that came later) with their rocker bows and similar sterns just cruised over the waves as if it were nothing at all. Needless to say, the Hobie 16s easily won the top spots that day (on corrected time) on that race due to their design!
Hummm, come to think of it the Hobie 16 is similar to those full keel boats in there rocker bows etc.
Sunday I sailed along the coast here toward the west. There was a southwest wind. A couple 35'-40' boats had motored out and were already on their way west by the time I got out the creek under sail. They were about 700 yards ahead at that time. I noticed they were sailing pretty close to shore as they normally do so just for fun, I tried to catch them on my 27' Bristol with it's 19 ' waterline. I caught them in a few miles. You see the wind was an offshore wind and usually it rises some coming of the land so the boats offshore say about a mile or so get the better wind. No they weren't racing
but you can see the point.