Originally Posted by Kenomac
Have you ever tried to reef a Hunter 42 or 450 main manually without a furling system, boom or in-mast? I have, everything is 7-8 feet above the cockpit deck due to the cockpit arch. It's a real PITA, and that's even when you're in the marina or on a calm day.
If the boat's equipped with a Bimini... good luck, bring a ladder.
That's a design failure that makes the boat totally unfit for short handed sailing and any serious offshore
work. If you can't reef the boat by hand and/or do a fix for a failed furling system, the boat is only suitable for inshore sailing. Sh*t happens, if you can't fix it or ameleorate it at sea, you are in for a very unpleasant experience.
These new boats are designed as dockside condos with large interiors that are unsafe at sea. See lots of people bragging about how they are single
handing boats larger than 45'. Bet none of them have had to change a headsail in a strong wind
. I would be looking at a boat with a max size of around 40' or even smaller with fairly simple systems. As a test, you might try and pick up a bagged genoa
for a 40' boat and and carry it up a flight of stairs. Now think about doing that on a boat rolling through 40 degrees while getting deluged by green water
, the wind
blowing 30k and in the middle of a pitch
black night. You may never have to do it but if you do, it's almost guaranteed it will be in the crappiest conditions imaginable. Roller furling
on the headsail, slab reefing lead back to the cockpit and lazy jacks on the main. Good strong dodger
and bimini to make life in the cockpit pleasant, Steerable by wind vane self steering
or enough electrical
generating capacity to feed an autopilot
and the spare parts
to keep it working. A boat with an encapsulated keel
. That will cure the 'Oops, lost
syndrome of the newest designs. That will also give you a decent sump to keep any water
that gets below, and it will, in the bilge
not rolling up the sides of the hull
soaking everything it comes in contact with. May have to go with an older boat to get a decent seagoing design but it will save you money
in the process.
Good luck in your search. Take your time, there's always a good deal out there. Might want to get more experience sailing. Crewing
on a racing
sailboat is a great way to hone your sailing skills and possibly sail in conditions that are not always bright and sunny.