Looks like you have decided on the Catalina 30
after looking at 1000's of boats. You may want to take a little while before the purchase
You were asking earlier how the jib
gets to the other side during a tack. I'm thinking a good starter boat might be a Hobie 16 if you are going to Florida
It's a coastal cruiser just like the Catalina 30
. They used to race
the Hobie 16's from Southern Florida
to Virginia Beach back in the day in the ocean all the way. Most "cruisers" would never do that.
If you want to cruise
around a bit and camp out on a boat though, the Catalina
30 is a good choice. But if you want to really learn sailing selecting a small, fast boat first will teach you tons.
You see on a small fast boat when you pull a "string" something will happen and happen fast. Then you are like, okay now I know what that does. On a big boat it could take as much as 45 seconds to have an effect.
Also, you usually launch from the beach so you sail out without any rudders due to the shallow water
or sit on the bow with your feet in the water
, have a beer
, and let the boat be blown offshore
if it's an offshore
These are just some of the things you learn rather quickly on a small boat. And if you are lucky enough to have racing
you learn tons more.
For example, if you lose an hour long race
at speeds or 10-24 knots by 25 seconds you are like was it my mast
rake, maybe I sheeted in an inch too much on the main, or was it the jib
I sheeted in too tight, was I in the current
too much, maybe I was traveled out too far or in too far, or was it that my mast
prebend wasn't too tight, or maybe I was going too low and should have gone a bit higher for speed, and so on: