Originally Posted by Champlainsailor
............... I've heard they don't go to windward at all well..............a complete dog under sail.........
Scott & Georgia
, First, be aware that you can get totally opposing, yet still correct, answers to this question!
There's a sign over the cash register in Vernon's Grocery at Hope Town in the Abacos that says, "Nothing goes to windward like a 747."
My wife and I have cruisied and lived aboard our Morgan
OI 413 Ketch
since 1985. This was the original design and not the "Morgan Classic" by Catalina
with the cut-away foot and some improvements in performance, but with some loss of the shoal draft
. Certainly, all choices in boating
are compromises. A sloop
would give you better performance, but you would not clear as many fixed bridges for a boat that size. We first bought a Sparkman & Stephens sloop
as a liveaboard
boat back in 1971 and it would out perform any boat I've been on since, but I would not have been able to raise our two children
aboard that "feather duster"! Yes, I don't point as well in light winds, but at 15 to 20 knots of wind
it will do all I ask. If the winds are 5-7 in a rolling sea, the monotonous rise and fall with the flap of sails
is maddening, but everyone has that at some point. I like our comfort, space, guest cabin
room space, access to waters less than 4.5 feet deep, passage
under the fixed bridges at Cape May & I-95 in Fort Lauderdale
. We are coastal cruisers that have little concern with passages over 100 miles per day and much gunkholing. We just finished a trip back in December to the Galapagos
,- nothing goes to windward like a 747!