I have a need to get a sailboat. The boat that I've read about and like the looks of is an Island Packet
35-38. Would some of you fine, experienced folk care to play the "Devils Advocate" with me and tell me the faults of this boat. I would be sailing alone some of this time. I will be doing quite a bit of cruising, a little liveaboard
, a lot of yo-ho-ho and some rum
. Sixteen men
on a dead man's chest and the such.
I intend to keep the boat in the Carolinas (cousin has a 700,000 dollar beachhouse real close.) She rents it out in the summer and she goes to Panama
in the fall. I would have a land based home close to my boat
. Spring maybe Florida
and even further as my fear and common sense equal out.
I've sailed Hobie 16's from 1970 to 1974. Then I got a NACRA 5.8 (Quiet Storm
)and still have it and sail regularly. The NACRA and I have been to the nationals on several occasions. Because of my beach cat experience I've had no trouble getting 24 foot monohulls to play with on in the Chesapeake bay
. I've done extensive offshore
sailing in my cousin's 26 foot Italian sloop
(Gabbiano). I have intentionally entered high wind
areas to increase my confidence, soil my BVD's
, and to help me become one with an alien environment
. I feel that I may be a seagoing transcendentalist. Walden pond be damned!
Any information on the boat and other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Apple stock was very good to me three years ago, two years ago, and again last year. That makes all this is possible.
I've read this forum every night since I joined and the level of information here is simply amazing. Love the search feature. Thanks guys and gals for your continued guidance.