Originally Posted by Steady Hand
Rhetorical Question Follows:
Perhaps the boats fit their budgets better
than something new, much more expensive, and purpose built for singlehanded racing (or 'record setting') in the Southern Ocean?
I just read "Singlehanded Sailing" by Andrew Evans who has a chapter on this question. His answer is the boat you already own.
The boat you own is determined by lots of things. Your budget
, where you live, what boats are available, are you willing to bring back an old boat to its former glory.
What's the point of the recommendation to find a CAL
3x if the yacht was never sold locally. Like the original questioner I live in Melbourne and I just bought a SS34. There's no way I'm heading RTW but it's the smallest boat I would comfortably sail in Bass Strait. It's also 42 years old and at a price
point I can afford, but it allows me to break into the boat ownership
market and move on from crewing
other people's boats.
I bought Evans book not because I want to single
hand but for some of the ideas regarding setting up a yacht for simplified sailing. We'll cruise
mostly as a couple and race
with 4 or 5. That's manageable to organise, not the crew of 13 I'm used to racing 50 footers in offshore
races. Sailing as a couple, night watches are singlehanded, but at least you know you'll get some sleep when the watch ends.
iMHO The 34 is too small to live aboard for any extended period of time whether it's in a marina pen or the southern ocean going round in circles - other people may live more simply or be made of tougher stuff.