I spent my youth sailing and racing
Sunfish, Lightings and FD's on the Finger Lakes with an occasional jaunt to Ontario
. Raced scows in Wisconsin then married and had no time. In recent years have chartered 46'-50' cats in BVI (my wife likes a flat ride). Now as I approach 60 and think about retirement
, I'd like to spend time doing a little cruising. My wife is not overly excited about sailing, but has enjoyed the charter
experience and is willing to invest more time at it. We own a house on a deep water
bay on the eastern side of Ontario
, dockage is not a concern. I thought we might start a bit on the modest side 28'-32', but was pleasantly surprised when she commented that this seemed rather small. Since then I have been looking around at larger boats, 36'-44'. Draft
is a concern. Reading through some of the posts here, I get the feeling 5' or less may be the right choice for the Great Lakes
. I may get out to Blue water
at sometime, but only for coastal cruising, and not often. Budget
(<75K) requires that I focus on used boats, but I do not believe I want something older than the early 80's. Finally, regardless of my dreams of cruising, reality is most of the time will be spent day sailing
. I have spend sometime looking at a Morgan
OI Classic 41. Shallow draft
, stable, lots of space - maybe too much space.
I would love to hear thoughts from anyone.