After 20+ years chartering, crewing
, and co-owning a Catalina
22 (<$5000). I made the move to my 1974 35ft center cockpit
HR35 5 years ago. I was fearful 35ft was all I could handle solo, and for a couple years I was right.
So with lots of practice I've learned how my boat handles in different conditions, current
etc. I had close calls, minor scrapes and near misses even after years of sailing and motor boating
. Dang thing still won't consistently go where I want in reverse
I shudder to think what would have happened if I'd jumped straight into a large boat.
I did charter
while owning my cheap
small camper/day sailer. With each charter
, I learned more about what I value.
1974 boat is cheap
enough that I can lose a couple bucks when upgrading and it won't break the bank.