I have no doubt that many if not all of you have been here in the no man's land of trying to make a decision. In my case, here's where I'm at.
1. I have great interest in the classic plastics, eg. the Allied Seawind
II, Luders 33, Cape Dory
30 +/-, etc. If a cutter
, great; if not, add a inner forestay and running backstay(s). Lots of respected CCA type classics that
2. I have also found the Freedom 33 and 28 Cat Ketches very attractive as well.
Here's the issue. I am in great physical shape - daily cycling, etc., very good health
- BUT - I just turned 70, a rather scary number. Owned and sailed a Columbia
on Lake Erie many years ago, outboard
, typical weekend sailing. My partner is healthy, but not a sailor (though she is a very quick study).
will be my last hurrah, as it's now or never time.
The plan: sail around Ft. Lauderdale, then the Keys, and work our way out, get our chops down and then? The Thorny Path for, well, for maybe ever. The Pacific? Maybe. The Caribbean
for a LONG time, yes.
The dilemma: I'm fine now, but I have to be real. If it were not for the facts, option one would be no-brainer, as I feel with a cutter
rig or equivalent, I can rig it out in Pardey
style. But there's also a terrific case for the Freedoms:
Super easy to sail and keep sailing, Minimal time on deck
. No rigging
. Relatively simple to handle and operate.
The question: at my age, and with these goals I need to make the practical choice. As much as I truly love the classics - they take our breath away - the Freedoms beckon with their alleged apparent ease and practicality - but then again, we love those classics...
And so it goes. Help! Man overboard
in the Sea of Confusion...