Wow, thanks for all the replies. I'm beginning the to think we're on the right track with the kids
by doing so much sailing with them-- both enjoy their "tiller time," and my son isn't happy if he doesn't get to raise the jib
on our Cal
20. Yesterday we had a wonderful sail on it.
We looked hard at the 1972 Ericson
this weekend, but it had some issues that put us off. The 1979 Islander 28 had a lot more fundamentals going for it (nice interior
, good sail inventory), but it wasn't perfect. There's a hair-line crack on the deck
like a half circle around the shrouds, for example, but I don't think that any '79 boat will be perfect on the decks. Here's a link to the boat:
I think the Islander 28 could be a winner for our intended cruising on the Columbia
River (out of Portland) and eventually over the Columbia
bar and up to Puget Sound
. I also like the learning
challenge of maintaining a Volvo diesel
As for the wife, she's taken to sailing in a major way. We've received our first two ASA
certifications together, and she likes to sail without me, taking out friends on the river until after dark sometimes. Her enthusiasm is probably the best asset our plans have so far.