I'll bite haha . After having an International Folkboat
" Blue Moon for about 16 months I have quite a few opinions about her.
1. A great boat to sail if you like a lot of action. Even more so if you single
hand which i do most of the time.
2. Very sea kindly motion. Now I see why so many boats have been designed after the Folkboat
. When I upgrade i will more then likely go with a boat modeled after the Folkboat only larger. Maybe in the 30ish range.
3. An IF is the epitome of the KISS rule
4. She can take a lot of wind
5 The nice thing about a 26' is when you go to upgrade or purchase
anything your purchasing
for a 26' and not a 36' which can be twice as much if not more sometimes.
6. I am absolutely grateful that I got great advice from the forum about good decisions on which boat was the best choice for "my" needs.
7. She is the prettiest boat on my dock
......haha well maybe except for Liz's boat.
8. Blue Moon has helped me fulfill one of my lifelong dreams of exploration and adventure on the water and will continue to in the future.
9. Because she is small and costs less money
to maintain I get to spend a lot of time sailing and very little time actually working on the boat. Typically I sail 3-4 time a week.
1. Ok everyone warns you about how expensive a boat can be, but what they don't tell you how bad it actually is. It's almost like it's a secret because all the existing boaters want newbes to to get involved so they only give you half the facts haha. ny hoot this has nothing to do with Blue Moon I gees she had been 90% refitted when I got her and she still has cost a small fortune.
2. Sometimes the headroom, lack of a head
and no Galley is kind of a hindrance.
3. Starting to discover small things that have started to bother me such as I really want a windlass
and enough room to get a good electrical system
with a self sufficient recharging system.
4. Would be really nice to have an inboard.
When I first purchased Blue Moon I didn't have a lot of experience sailing except for a lot of beer
can races in the Bay Area so I can't begin to explain what a great choice an IF boat really was here in Hawaii
. I don't even have to reef it until its blowing at least 25. And the number one thing I like is the motion and feel of a Full Keel
and 50% ballast provides. An IF is just about the perfect boat to learn on and grow into so I wont have to upgrade for quite some time. Which would be a real if I had to keep upgrading constantly. The conditions in Hawaii
can be relatively severe quite often so Blue Moon is a perfect boat for Hawaii. This is also based on the fact that I am more of a cruiser mentality then a racer
. Is she perfect? No she aint perfect but then I'm not independently wealthy either. Bottom line is I won't have to upgrade until it's time to do long passages and by then I'll be married so the admiral will have a lot of input so be it.
A few of the things I have done is add a Ticktack system,strip the deck and epoxy paint
the decks which was a giant project
as I had to strip every piece of hardware
off then rebed after , replaced running rigging
, new ground tackle,
replaced all woodwork on exterior of deck, and a million other small projects. Would I do it again yes but I am also a builder
with 25 years experience in wood working and all aspects of the building trades. I am a firm believer in most situations I think it's better to buy a boat that has had most of the work done to it. In most cases you will pay 200% more for a boat that is not in pretty good shape. Although i intend to purchase
a major fixer upper next time as I'll be working under a specific set of parameters.
Sorry if I high jacked the thread. To the OP check out the thread D O J mentions there is some great advice about your exact questions.