First of all, since this is my first posting
, It´s due some introduction
and I also would like to say that the reading on this pages is fenomenal!
I´m Portuguese, 37 yo, done extensive sailing... when I was young!
Now I want to recapture those unique sailing moments, but... having not set a foot in a sailboat for more than 15years (although I have owned a motorboat for diving), I guess I will have to start all over again when it comes to "sails and wind
directions"... and all the rest as well!
That said, I´m currently trying to choose a design that will actually fit my needs and reality, rather than what I would dream in having! I´m living in the Czech Republic and my wife (probably by the absence of salt water
in the country) is not too keen on floating devices, especially the ones that heel
but still she encourages me in "going for it". So the question arrises:
"What" should I be looking at? The Czech Republic does not have a shore line although one can reach the ocean through the rivers and lakes... far away... but feasable. I would like to find a design where I could start taking my wife sailing in calm waters, that would be confortable for the long cruising days in the rivers up to Germany
... and one day eventually capable of doing some real costal cruising miles (kind of like "epoxy-coating-her", one step at a time
I´m really NOT in a hurry, but the most probable and smart advice of buying
one design now and another later on, is simply not sustainable. I would rather wait another year or two and buy a "capable thing", rather than buying
a small, wet, unstable and unconfortable design that will definatly make me cruise
By the "requirements", I recon it has to be something on the "bigger" side, but i can keep it in the water
at all times, that is no problem.
Since I already have the "coastal licence", but I´m lacking the experience, I´m already in for some sailing lessons
again. I´m not aiming at anything "flashy" or modern, nor do I hold anything against the hull
material since they all have their specific advantages.. jut want to keep it simple, reliable, long lasting... and comfy.
Well... hoping for you to shed some light into this and thanking you in advance,