First Sailboat (Recovering from Lyme Disease; Unique Case)
Hello Everyone. New to the forum. Seems like a great community with a ton of knowledgeable and helpful sailors. I was hoping to gain some insight regarding the purchasing
of my first sailboat. I am completely new to sailing, just completed my ASA
101 Basic Keelboating Class, and plan to work my way up through every level as my skills improve.
I have somewhat of a unique case, as I am still recovering from a five-year battle with Lyme Disease, so I am restricted due to the amount of physical labor some boats require. My goal is to work toward obtaining my captainís license
, while learning
to sail proficiently, and then start some kind of boating
business down the road once I fully regain my health
. I am not working right now, so I am quite capable of getting out on the water
for 4 hours each day in pursuit of my captainís license
I am looking for something I can singlehand. However, boats like Lasers or a Sunfish, or any boat where hiking is required are too physically taxing for me at this time. After doing a little research
online, I came across a boat called the 2.4MR. It serves primarily to accommodate sailors who are handicapped, or older sailors who are no longer capable of constantly ducking under the boom. So it is specifically designed to be very easy to handle in a physical sense.
My 101 instructor was intrigued by the 2.4MR, but since it only seats one person, he recommended the Flying Scot, in the event that I wanted to bring some family
or friends aboard for the day. And with some practice and more lessons, I would eventually be able to single
hand the FS. (The fact that the 2.4 only seats one person is not a deal breaker for me, but my instructor thinks I will appreciate the extra passenger space down the road.) The FS seems to get great reviews
online, however after watching some videos and viewing some pictures, it seems that while sailing a FS, people do quite a bit of hiking, which physically I may not be capable of for quite some time. Is hiking required on a FS? Its other drawback is that it is not a keelboat. I have read that it is pretty hard to capsize
, but not impossible. Given my physical condition, I would prefer the reassurance of sailing a boat that in fair conditions, simply is not going to capsize
(keelboat.) Another downside to both the 2.4MR and the FS is that there is no cabin
space to get away from the elements. My instructor mentioned a Trimaran
that could be sailed single
handedly, would not be too labor intensive, and would also have sleeping quarters in order to get away from the elements, but I believe these are a bit more expensive, and I can deal with the lack of cabin
space if need be.
So I am wondering if there is a boat out there that would be best fit for my situation. Are there keelboats for a novice
sailor that are capable of being sailed single handedly, not too labor intensive and also provide a space to seek shelter on a rainy day? Also, are the boats I have mentioned best suited for sailing in a harbor? Or are they capable of also being sailed in slightly rougher waters at sea? (not too far off shore of course.) I would really appreciate any help or suggestions anyone can offer. Thank you very much.