I知 in the process of researching for a novel, and I need to decide upon a sailboat that will work for my plot. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Here are the basic plot points that I need to work around:
1) The year is 1984.
2) The captain
is a 25-year-old Creole woman who grew up living on a sailboat. She also has a US Coastguard certification
3) She runs the family-owned bareboat cruise
business, catering to high-end customers, so I知 thinking something in the 60-70 ft range, but I want as small a crew as possible (easier for me and my readers to keep track of).
4) Grand Cayman Island is the destination
, with perhaps some interaction with Cuba
5) The passengers will consist of the skipper
, the guest passenger (who also has some sailing experience), the cook (role played by my main character who can act as a deck
hand), and a skeletal crew.
6) Ideally, the boat will sailing out of New Orleans
(which is where the skipper
and main character meet up)悠知 thinking the Southern Yacht Club would be a good point of departure, unless there is some compelling reason I知 unaware of that would make it impossible.
7) Because the boat is as much a character as the people, I壇 like it to be a classic wooden boat. My first impulse is to say a Herreshoff schooner (am I complicating things with so many sails
?), but I am open to suggestions.
Also, if there are any considerations that I have not included in my list, please feel free to alert me.
Any photos and or cabin
layouts would be terrific. Thanks!