Everyone has probably heard this a thousand times but in reading through the threads I see a lot of varied opinions and things about boats. I thought I would ask again but also ad a few specifics as to what I am looking for so you all can help me make the right choice the first time.
First off I'm retired Navy
and got a lot of sea miles under my belt. All on steel
ships though. Mostly big ones like battleships and carriers but I spent 5 years on a tin can too. I'm not scared of the ocean at all though and when I hit the waves in my own boat I'm going to hit it hard and not come back for a long time. I want to spend my retirement
years in the Pacific bopping around from Hawaii
to the PI and hong Kong
I'm not rich by any means and don't want to buy a mega yacht. Just something large enough for two people to live aboard comfortably and small enough that two people can handle skillfully.
I have to have a diesel engine
. I guess most boats do now days but I know some don't. I've been cold dark and dirty as we called it too many times to be stuck without power or a means of propulsion
Having absolutely no experience with sails
I'm looking for opinions on what type of rigging
I should look for. Single mast
, two mast
? What can two people handle and what would be reliable? I'm not so much concerned about speed as I am reliability
. I learned a long time ago that it's better to ride out a storm then it is trying to out run one. The only time a ship I was on tried to run we ended up with 3 missing shipmates and 3 more dead when we went back looking for them.
If I know the boat I choose can take a pounding then I can too. It's no fun being upside down in a hurricane
. Been there!
I would like an older boat. Not too old but one needing overhaul
and I want to do it myself so I know it's done right. I plan to upgrade all the electronics
myself, rebuild engine
, whatever it takes all by myself. I was an engineer
and can handle this part easily.
With that in mind, for a sail boat, what would be the ideal hull
material to have? I've worked with steel
, wood and composite before. I prefer steel but everything deteriorates I know in salt water
. Whatever it is I would hope it's easy to patch if I got a hole or split seam while underway.
I guess that's enough to start with. Thanks in advance for any advice you all have getting my first and last boat.
Well, to clarify, I'm getting a 25 footer with a single
mast probably this month to start taking sailing lessons
in. In a lake! Over the next two years I want to have my ocean going boat ready, get my captains license
back and start putting some more sea miles on. I haven't even see the ocean since I retired 13 years ago.
I've been looking a lot at the 40-50 foot taiwan
built ketches. Probably not the best choice in the world according to many people but that is roughly the size I would be comfortable with. Smaller would be ok if it's a truly sea worthy design and comfortable.