Originally Posted by Adelie
How many people as regular crew? Any kids
Have you considered buying a trailerable boat for the short term, 1-2yr, before buying up?
This would depend on having an adequate tow vehicle and a parking space for the boat at home or some other location near home.
Costs would be reduce. Also the boat would be at hand to work on, not 1hr away, though the additional setup time when putting into the water
would offset that.
A trailerable would allow you to do daysailing and weekends, but week long sailing trips would probably get cramped depending on the boat you bought.
A trailerable would allow you to do things like visit the Lake Havisu Pocket Cruiser
If this interests you I could come up with a list of trailerable boats of various sizes.
*For myself* I rejected that idea because I already had a great deal to learn without having to learn how to handle and maintain a trailer as well. In addition, it would have meant selling a pretty new car at a loss, and taking on the expense of a bigger vehicle, one that wouldn't be nearly as efficient for fuel
(mine gets 35 mph on a flat highway).
I watched as a friend, along with a very experienced helper (with trailors) struggled for FOUR HOURS to get her mast
up. It took a lot of modifications and the guidance of a real expert to get her trailerable boat to the point that she could get her mast
up in 17 min (her current
record). Those 4 hours just about wrecked the road trip we had taken to sail her boat in new waters.
I just didn't need that kind of extra expense ... and the frustration? After two hours I would have been saying "This trip is done, we're going back home." We had a great sail but at a very high price
I think there's tremendous advantage to being able to walk to the dock
, get on the boat, throw off the lines, and take off.
I see tremendous advantage to having a trailerable boat: it's four hours to Biscayne Bay from here, and then there's a whole new sailing world to explore. But I can also get there on my bigger boat if I want.
I also believe if the rest of the family
wants to learn to sail, they can all learn to sail. I've seen four year olds coil lines well, and I've seen 8 year olds expertly tie one boat up to another for a rafting. I had an 8 year old female student who could take an auto transmission
apart and put it back together correctly. I had a ten year old student who could do just about anything that had to be done on a motorcycle.
I think I would have given up on sailing if I'd bought a trailerable boat. Diff'rent stroks for diff'rent folks. My friend did *not* give up -- but she already owned a truck that could pull a trailer, and she has a lot more mechanical knowledge than I do. On the other hand, if she had that much trouble at first ...