I don't know what the local sailing scene is where you are. Are there any yacht clubs? Is there much sailing there? Any racing
If there exists a club and racing
on someone else's boat could answer many questions regarding the physical demands of the sport. If you get your own boat a strong young junior sailor makes an excellent labor-saving crew.
The suggestion of a partner was a good one, I think. It is possible to find one that would be interested in sharing the operating expenses in return for instruction, crewing
opportunity, and occasional use of the boat, no capital buy-in required. I have been offered this arrangement in the past.
It sounds like you want a sailboat and it is my observation that most people will do what they want regardless of advice.
You mentioned a Catalina
27 and that sounds appealing, but the previous advice that smaller boat=fewer demands on oneself was good advice.
You will want a keel
boat with a substantial outboard motor
. Perhaps something like a Cal
22, a J22, or a J24.
Walk the docks, prowl the yards, chat up the yard manager, the guy at the end of the yacht club bar (and the bar tender).
I think your ground tackle should be the heaviest you can handle. Remember, you will be sailing in difficult waters--strong current
, vessel traffic, breezy days, and an inhospitable shore always at hand. Should an emergency
arise you will appreciate your anchor
. No Danforths.
Good luck and keep us posted
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