Originally Posted by schoonerdog
I wouldn't knock yourself at all. All boats loose value, especially now.
Thank you for your reassuring words. I'm not too, too concerned, because of the amazing journey I had
I'm just saying that the boat isn't the instrumental part in having a great trip. The most important parts
are: the people you go with and the places you decide to go to.
I'll be returning to the workforce soon. I've actually returned to school
, to get my commercial
Captain's papers, so in one year I can (legally) be a bridge officer (and in time Captain) on anything from a row-boat to a megaship. So next time I sail, I'll actually know how to use the sextant
Originally Posted by mikereed100
In light of your original post and given your experience, I think it would be interesting to know in what specific ways has your list changed?
If I look at my original list, this is how I would change it:
1. Size. Around 40-50 feet.
2. Visibility from inside when seated, is honestly not that important, because we never sat inside when we were moving. In the tropics this is a non-issue.
3. Good sailing performance is important, but not the most important thing. It honestly doesn't matter if I arrive a day or two later. I sailed on what was supposed to be an awesome fast catamaran
, but I logged the same averages as monohulls or cats of the same lenght. In a straight down duel, I'd beat them, but not by leaps and bounds. When you're doing long sails
, your boat is heavy, so you'll never set any records. The most important point is to find wind
and utilize it.
4. A forward facing nav station inside (not important, because I hardly ever used it).
5. A good galley
up. Super important. This helped us prepare food
in conditions we otherwise wouldn't have.
6. A comfortable cockpit
with good protection from the elements. Yes, a large cockpit
is excellent. The larger the better. Good sun protection that's easy to use is also key. On my boat the cockpit was too small (I made a lot of friends) and the sun-protection was inadequate, but we jury-rigged some protection so it worked.
7. A high bridgedeck clearance. Important, but the shape and construction of the boat and how it rides the waves and is loaded is also important.
8. There's tons of space on top of the bimini
and the dinghy
. I would fill it with solar panels
. I loved solar panels
, but hated wind
generators: They are overrated and loud.
, while nice to have, is something I would do without. It never worked on my boat and I never got it to work, no matter how much money
I poured into it. It was a huge frustration
and it still didn't work when I sold the boat.
So to sum it up, my list now:
1. Size: 40 - 50 feet.
2. A functional galley
3. A large cockpit with proper sun protection.
4. Good sailing performance, but I wouldn't be seduced by bold claims.
5. As few technical "luxuries" as possible.
6. Tons of solar panels
7. A good windless and a large anchor
(and a couple of back-up ones).
8. No more than 2 heads.
or Yanmar diesel
engines, if you have other brands getting spare parts
is tough as Hell. I would no dare to go for electrical
engines, knowing how tough it can be to get parts and trained help in exotic locations.
That's how my list would look now. A large interior
is largely wasted when you're sailing in warm areas, so I would focus on having a properly laid out, outside area. I'd also like storage
lockers that are easy to get to on the outside. I suffered with a lack of usable outside storage
. I'd also have a larger dinghy
and a proper engine
on it. 5hp just doesn't cut it when you need to move around in big atolls, or want to go sight-seeing. 15hp is a minimum.
Besides that, don't spend all your savings on the boat. Save money
on the boat and use it to go cruising