Originally Posted by Don Lucas
Hey I don't care my boat isn't on a "list" and that wasn't my point at all. I read all those lists back when I was drinking the Kool Aid and before I started to judge boats by their construction and not the internet
Heck feel free to limit yourself to those lists! After all that will reduce the number of old tank boats to chase down and prevent you from even considering most boats built after 1985. Look at all the time saved!
I remember coming across a book in the bookstore once about 20 "great" boats. The funny
thing was that I had already read lots of trashing elsewhere about half the boats listed. So once your choose your list marker or book writer don't read others because that will be completely different.
I used to hang out with the monohull
folks when I lived at an apartment on the water
, FL. I was racing
catamarans at the time. We always hung out on the dock
though. (my catamarans 16'-20' over 15 years were on the beach)
I knew I wanted a monohull
one day so I learned from these guys. Their boats included a Cape Dory
30, Tayana 37
, C & C 37, Bristol 27, Catalina
27, Soverel 30, and a Pearson
Triton I believe. I really liked the classic look although a higher tech boat would be nice to have one day.
A few years later, I started spenting a lot of time on the Atom Voyages Site then stumbled on this old Bristol 27 that had been on the hard
for 5 years the owner having died. He had left the boat on the Eastern Shore (of VA) on his way back home from a two year cruise
I had already decided an older, slower, and stronger full keel
boat would probably be better for me at first since I'd probably be running over a few docks, boats, and running aground. (we don't use engines on small racing
cats, and we don't anchor
them) Also, I didn't know whether or not I would like these old slow boats (monohulls) so I didn't want to spent too much at first.
Long story short, I bought the Bristol 27 for $2,000 and worked on it for about a year then sailed it the 75 miles down here to Virginia Beach, and of course we were under a small craft advisory (with gusts to around 25) when I crossed the lower bay. My stomach didn't like it much, but I noticed after I got the tiller autopilot
working correctly the boat wasn't having much of a problem at all. (the wind
was NE and I was headed downwind with the wind
on the port quarter)
This is how I found it.................see attached. I couldn't pass it up!
(It was like one of those shows on TV where they look in the barn and find a vintage classic car. This marina is WAY off the main drag and notice there was no for sale
sign on the boat. I had to go ask about it)