I suppose if you are on some schedule range may be an issue.
I'm all over eastern Lk Ontario
have a 3.5 gallon tank for the outboard
, might have used a gallon and a half this season. Most of that was used warming the engine
up before leaving or entering my slip.
I sail 95% of the time solo so a tiller pilot and self tailing cockpit
winches were a must.
To be honest I use my GPS
mostly for depth
as I have a transducer networked to it. Most of the time you can see where you're going on the lake.
When I need a powered winch
to raise a sail on a 30' boat I'll give up, spend my days sitting on the front porch yelling at the kids
to stay off my lawn!
You really don't need much on a sailboat to be safe , I remember well the days before satnav and loran
etc. People cruised the world on smaller boats than are "required" today.
To listen to a lot of people you're as good as dead if you leave on a boat under 45' and built before 2014 unless you are ready to replace everything but the hull
, can cross 3 oceans on internal fuel
, have a watermaker
and 5000 gallons in reserve. Solar
AND a generator
to keep the icemaker going while running the full surround sound entertainment system with a 54" TV.
Get a boat with the basics; learn all about the systems and decide what YOU need on the next one.
Don't need to get out sailing on every boat, a bit of time on deck and down below can really let you know how you think the layout will work. Not much difference in sail handling from one boat to another and you can change this to suit yourself.
One boat mentioned here that I have a lot of experience with is the Alberg 30
, beautiful boats from the outside, sail nice if you don't mind how much they heel. Problem in my books
is the interior
, long narrow dark cave. Typical of the "folk boats".
The guy I bought my boat from bought a Cat 30, nice boat good layout, plenty of room down below for a 30.
Not sure if it is still for sale
but there is a Ticon 30 a couple slips down that had a for sale
sign all season, hasn't left the dock
. Will be going out in a couple days I'll check if it's still for sale
and get a number for it. Sucks but work got in the way of sailing this week......