Currently sail a 40ft Jeanneau
(fractional club)on the Chesapeake
Have sailed offshore
a few times
Retiring and moving to Fl Panhandle
Wife and I sail often and want to be able to get under 50ft bridges in the area as well as occasional trips to Keys and Bahamas
Want to purchase
newer (2005 ff) boat in the 34-35 ft size.
Probably will go with "production boat"
Will be our long term retirement
boat so I am not really concerned about resale impact.
Plan to purchase
in the next 6-12 months.
Most of the boats we like have mast
heights around 50-53 feet.
I have read extensively and talked to people at the sailboat show in Annapolis
and still don't have a good "feel" for the option of shortening the mast
anywhere from 2ft (minimum) to 4ft (maximum).
Is this doable from a practical standpoint?
Impact on performance (can I reduce the sail area at the top to reduce loss)? We are cruisers - not racers
Guesstimate of costs (both initial and long term if any)
Anyone with real world experience with doing this (greatly appreciate this) especially if in the Fl Panhandle area.
Thanks for taking your time. I hope I have given sufficient information for your reply.