Originally Posted by VirtualVagabond
. . . I know nothing about Raytheon, but I thought Raymarine
was supposed to have quite a good name...
Could you expand on your comment about both above?
I used to sell Raytheon/Raymarine in my boat supply/repair business because they gave dealers a 60% discount so I could give a small discount to the end customer and still make a decent profit. Which is why you see the units on most all boats. By comparison the European instruments are pricey on their own due to currency exchange and the discounts rarely exceeded 25%.
- - You can research
of Raymarine and it reputation with cruisers versus other brands on the internets various cruising forums
- - The "big boys" on the racers do not use Raymarine as they need stuff that works and keeps on working.
- - As a singlehander, reliable electronics
and electrics is priority one as they take the place of an additional crewmember. I singlehanded and still do, a 60 ft ketch without any difficulty. Even when other people are on board the boat still operates itself and all the muscle needed is only to raise the sails
and trim them. Everything can be done from inside the cockpit
, which is another must for safe single-handing. Raising, trimming, reefing, and lowering is all done from inside the cockpit
with no need to go out on deck
under normal conditions.
- - Using 10oz dacron sails, even reefing is rarely needed unless the winds get over 50 kts. With a vang and traveler I can twist open the sails and dump 50% or more of their power without having to lower them. However the headsail must be brought in so I have a Profurl roller-reefing
system which has never failed even when actually rolling in the headsail in a 50kts gale.
- - Single-handing is not difficult in any size boat so long as you plan and rig the boat so that you are using your brain instead of your muscles, which is what machines are made for. A 30ft all-manual sailboat is on the boarder of being un-safe for single-handing. Remember Ellen McArthur the 20-something English
girl single-handed a 75 foot racing
yacht around the world by herself. I figure if a young Brit girl can do that I can certainly handle a 60ft ketch that sails like a barge. See: Ellen MacArthur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- - As to converting a ketch to a sloop
- it really is not advisable as the locations of the masts relative to the balance of the boat is significantly different. Relocating a main mast is not a simple job.
- - Ketches tend to have shorter rigs and are not as efficient as tall rig sloops when not using the mizzen. Only on beam reaches and downwind do I use the mizzen. Otherwise it has no effective power output as the wind
- by the time it gets past the foresail and mainsail
is basically aligned with the axis of the boat.
- - As to size of the boat, single-handing is not a determinant if the boat is rigged/set up for single-handing. So that leaves the size determined by what you plan to do with the boat. The boat will become your "first mistress" and size of the boat will determine if their is room for an additional "mistress(es)."