I'm on the fence. Having her hauled is "lost" money
, but I'd REALLY prefer to give the boat a more thorough once-over before heading out on any "voyage". For example, losing the keel
while sailing in the bay doesn't scare me anywhere NEAR as much as losing the keel
while traversing the shipping
lanes between LI and NJ. It's also much easier to realize that the previous owner didn't rig ____ properly while she's in a dock
or on stands than when I'm underway.
Still the idea of motoring/jib sailing her home (the main is ripped, and I'm still not sure what I'd need in the way of a replacement) is very tempting. I'd have to learn more about navigation
(not a bad thing), and I'd want hand-held GPS
so I could be even more certain of my position and safety
(plus some extra flares, a first aid kit, etc.). If I were going in the other direction - from NJ to LI, I'd probably be leaning even more in the powering direction. For example, I could get to know her fairly well before trying to dash across the shipping
lanes, which would be good. Instead, I'll have an hour or so in the bay in LI, then I'll be heading out into the lanes. Once I'm through the shipping lanes, I'm not as worried. My thought was to hug the coastline and "just" chug along. I thought about trying to break the trip into 2 or 3 segments, and doing them on non-consecutive days, this way I won't have to worry about fatigue, finding back-to-back nice days, etc.
As you can (hopefully) see, I've been trying to give the sail/power option some serious consideration. However, I still have some silly logistical issues to take care of, like:
1) how much fuel
do I need aboard, on the assumption that I'll be powering through each leg of the trip;
2) how far can I really expect to go each day;
3) what time can I realistically expect to leave each day and how many hours of sunlight does that give me;
4) in what condition is the battery
(and running lights) on the boat;
5) how do I get my car home, or to wherever I'm leaving the boat for that leg of the trip;
6) where will I keep her this winter(i.e., what's my ultimate destination);
7) food/water and bodily function related issues.
That list is not all encompassing; it's just what I'm remembering off the top of my head
. And some of them aren't REALLY that big of a problem. For example, if I'm only under way during the day, I don't REALLY need to worry about the running lights. The food/bodily function issues can also be mitigated by ending at a marina. Others are logistical issues that "just" mean I have to rely on the kindness of friends and family
members (like the car issue).
So, when I put all these issues/logistical problems together, the cost of having her hauled becomes less daunting. Like I said, I'd LOVE to save the cost, but realistically it may be a good investment.
The BEST option would be for me to find a used sailboat trailer that's about the same cost as having her hauled. The incremental investment in hiring someone to drive her from LI to NJ then becomes very small (only a $200-$300), and then I have a lot more flexibility in storage
and moving. But sailboat trailers are few and far between, at least when you're talking about having a limited budget
So, yeah, I'm still on the fence.