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Old 01-12-2016, 16:38   #31
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You do not have to have experience or any real knowledge of the subject matter in order to write a successful novel.

The author of MOBY DICK didn't have any experience on ships. He took othe job on the ship just to add some credibility to his book.

Margaret Mead [GONE WITH THE WIND Didn't know anything to speak of of the Old South around the Civil War yet she penned one of the most sucessful stories ever.
Look at all the air-heads in Hollywood who have written sucessful books, multiple examples where knowledge is of no importance.

OK much of this stuff is written by ghost writers, many of which also have no subget matter knowledge either.

SO pick your prospective audience, make it entertaing and become a successful author!!
I recommend you spend your time learning to entertain your selected audience and not worry about technical details of the subject matter.
Unless you are attempting to write a technical manual on small boat operations in open ocean. That would bore many people out of their minds and probably never be popularly sucessful.
Perfect example: All Is Lost (2013) - IMDb
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Old 01-12-2016, 19:25   #32
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Tinkerbell, by Robert Manry, would be an excellent reference as it details his battle with sleep deprivation and hallucinations and the effects of isolation and the lack of human contact.

Something to be said for his courageous singlehanded achievement but nothing I'd ever want to do in spite of my love of sailing....
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It's true that if we knew more about the character it would be easier to recommend the appropriate boat and chores while sailing.
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Old 01-12-2016, 21:57   #34
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Get someone who knows boats, possibly a liveaboard to proof read for you. So many writers get things about boats SO wrong.
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Teknishn, what are your titles -- I'm interested! I'll bet you're a Lindsay Davis fan too -- Marcus Didius Falco mysteries. Highly recommend, set in Roman Empire.
Ida_Lewis, I self publish and distribute here in Egypt at the moment. Here are a few: "In the Footsteps of Romans, an Illustrated Guide to the Via Porphyrites in Egypt's Eastern Desert" (Non-Fiction, 223 pages), "Jabal Dukhan, The Mountain of Smoke" (Non-Fiction, 165 pages), "Skopolo" (Fiction, 287 pages. The story of a young Roman foot soldier of Egyptian birth, Lucilius Naevius Sabinus while stationed at a lone watchstation in the desert).

But back on-topic, for Boatwriter23: Here is a link to a blog where a young lady bought, repaired, and sailed away. It was enjoyable to follow her adventure: http://www.dinghydreams.com/
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The Boat, just remember this, WESTSAIL THE WORLD
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Interestingly, I know a number of women who own and single hand Bristol Channel Cutters. A couple of them live aboard. If you're at all romantic about sailboats (and very good at varnishing) they're pretty amazing.

For the purposes of the OP's research, she should look into Matt Rutherford's voyage on his Albin Vega. A lot has been written about it so it would be a good source of material.
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Young Norwegiean Couple crossing oceans on a Contessa 26 (Folkboat variation). Met her at a boat show, very nice. They're site has many descriptions of life aboard a small boat. Also on the site are videos including an interesting one Discovery Channel did on them. She does all of the talking, he is quite shy:
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Mike--That is a great site. Thanks for posting it!
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Nordica 20, Halman look very much like my boat from Sweden. Havsfidra Fisksatra, also 20 ft. on deck before the bow platform was added.

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Books by Lin and Larry Pardey, Cruising in Seraffyn was their first. They made a wood sailboat; however, everything is fiberglass now. The sailing parts are good.
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BCC, flicka, contessa....

Heck, the OP MUST read "Maiden Voyage" pronto. Prob the best research possible. Gosh, I loved that book. I think I read it about a week after I first went sailing.

Read all the myriad of blogs as to what breaks while doing crossings. Sails, rigging, etc..
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Hi everyone,

I'm working on a short story where the narrator operates a small sailboat by herself and travels over long distances in it. I'm trying to find out what sailboat model to research. It needs to have a cabin because she often sleeps on open water.

Also, what are some basic day to day things that you do to maintain a sailboat?

I really appreciate your help.
how about a flicka? or maybe a dana 24? maybe a halman 20?
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There are some really good small boats that would fit your story. I think the Contessa 26 would fit but a book has already been written around that boat. the Haida 26 is another good romantic named boat that has sailed the world and of course a Vancouver 27 which is truly a sea going boat. Other very good boats that are not that common would be a Carol 24 from Chuck Paine. Custom built and a seaworthy boat of good character as well as the Bristol Chanel cutters both the 28 and 22 are excellent seaworthy boats but are on the scary expensive side.
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Try. Albin Vega. (Spelling) Google it
Albin Vega indeed ! 'Was my first "dream boat" when I could afford only sailing magasines ! Small (27'/8m23/2.3 tons) very well built, easy to handle under sail or with its one cylinder diesel Volvo.
I remember reading an article, back in early 70, about 4 guys crossing the Atlantic in it... It looked then more like a sardine can but for a lone girl it would be perfect
VEGA 27 (ALBIN) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
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There are some really good small boats that would fit your story. I think the Contessa 26 would fit but a book has already been written around that boat. the Haida 26 is another good romantic named boat that has sailed the world and of course a Vancouver 27 which is truly a sea going boat. Other very good boats that are not that common would be a Carol 24 from Chuck Paine. Custom built and a seaworthy boat of good character as well as the Bristol Chanel cutters both the 28 and 22 are excellent seaworthy boats but are on the scary expensive side.
I agree, Chuck Paine's designs are wonderful. I'd love to have an Annie. And you're right about the BC & Falmouth Cutters being expensive although Paine's boats are usually quite pricey too. If I could find a Falmouth Cutter for a normal price I'd have one but $50,000 for a 22' boat is tough to swallow. Of course, if you're just writing about it & not buying it who cares.
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