Originally Posted by xstephenx
I have been sailing for about 6 months and had a general question. So far I have only been out on catalina 22's. I was thinking about moving up to chartering a catalina 30'. Can anyone tell me what the major differences are, if any? The catalina 30's that my club has for charter all have wheel helms, so that is one big difference, but besides that I am not sure if there will be any noticeable learning curve to sailing the 30'. Is going from a tiller to a wheel a big change? I assume it would just take some getting used to, I just don't want to get in over my head
. The reason I ask is because in the next 6 months or so I plan to get a catalina 30
so I can move away from the charter and start learning about the maintenance
, set-up, etc.
In many respects, a larger yacht will be easier to deal with than a smaller one. By their nature, larger yachts are more stable and the influence of one's errors less significant in that one's influence on the yachts behavior is proportional to the ratio of one's weight to the displacement
of the yacht. Not unlike a horse, trying to make a larger yacht to do something detramental will simply result in the yacht refusing to respond (although this does not include banging into the bottom or a pier). One key to handling the larger yacht is to do things slowly and to allow the yacht time to respond. There is no "snapping the helm
over". That might crash tack a 22. On the larger yacht it will simply stall the rudder
Beyond the foregoing, something often overlooked or under estimated is the cost of maintenance, upkeep and repair, both in terms of time and money
. Such costs increase exponentially with the size/displacement of the yacht--frequently to the distressed surprise of the buyer. Mooring
alone can be a major cost. While a 22 can be easily dry-sailed, a 30 cannot. Suddenly a $50 doller per month parking space near the launching ramp
becomes a $10/per foot--of yacht or slip, whichever is greater--slip fee, easily $300 per month (6x the cost the the parking space). Likewise while a 22 might easily be insured through one's home-owner's insurance
, the 30 will require it's own policy which can run to several percents of the insured value per annum and subject to periodic haul-outs for Surveys. Bottom paint
, a necessity for wet stored yachts, now averages about $300/Gallon and the haul and launch to apply the paint
seems to run about $12/foot in most areas. This does not include the time effort and misery of doing the actual prep and application or their cost if one is not inclued to look like a poor version of a Blue Man for a couple a daze. The list goes on. And, as a pratical matter, time spent actually sailing--verses maintence & up-keep--decreases as water-line length increases.
When the younger guys/gals around our Club bring up the issue of buying
a larger boat, my suggestion is that they look at nothing larger than what will serve their actual verses imagined needs. One doesn't need a Blue Water
Cruiser for day sailing
or weekending, nor its costs.