Originally Posted by Gludy
I will be taking one on one sailing lessons fairly soon.
Currently I want to decide which boat to go for and when that is over and one chosen, I will start to get into more detail.
My other half is only 5 feet tall and she swears she will not be pulling any sheets or halyards.
Ok, let me start by saying I know fook all about Multihulls or sailing around the world.......but I regard these as only minor handicaps
Having read your recent posts on this thread and others, I would suggest that you might want to rephrase your questions from centering around speed into "what is the most pleasant
boat?". Not exactly a very nautical term that one
IMO no point buying
a "fast" sailing boat if you are going to overload it with gear
(I think you have already sussed that one) but also no point buying
a fast boat that to actually be fast (especially over an extended period) will require more input and effort into sailing than you are willing or able to do.
Not meant as a comment on any lack of sailing experiance, more that it is unlikely that you will want to spend your time under sail giving an Ellen Macarthur style commitment to the boat instead of putting the boat on Autopilot
and settling down with a G & T to contemplate life (ok, wild exaggerations both ways, but yer see my point?). Amd after all, most of your time onboard if extended cruising
will be at Anchor
/ the dock
- so speed will not be all that defines the boat as "Pleasant" for you.
I appreciate that their is an argument that speed is a safety
/ comfort issue in helping to avoid bad weather, but a 50 foot cat ain't small and (all things being equal) should be able to cope with most things - and yer wouldn't really want to set sail anyway on a boat that you thought would not cope with what could
happen. Even aiming for weather windows, yer will eventually get it a bit wrong.
From the sounds of things you will not be on a tight timescale (if any?). and I dunno how much of your life you have spent where timescale really
does not matter (I guess if you can afford a 50 foot cat possibly less than some others!), but when you take an actual need
for speed out of the equation travelling a bit slower in exchange for the experiance simply being more pleasant, then spending a bit longer enroute is no hardship, if not actually far more enjoyable. Having a walk in Fridge and plenty of cold ones enroute could contribute far more to your
sailing / cruising experiance than another 20% on average hull speed
. And remember that your Port of destination
usually doesn't go anywhere before you arrive, so does getting there a little bit quicker really
matter to you?
a saying (that I will no doubt misquote badly!) "a Power boat
has big engines to arrive quickly - a Yacht doesn't because it's already arrived". With a Yacht the voyage is also the reason, not simply a means to an end. (of course hard to remember when it's sh#ty weather and p#ssing down with cold rain
.............and not to say you should choose to buy a dog slow boat!
Not meant to be a "do it this way" type post, as I said at the beginning, I know fook all about Multis - just some (more!) things to chew over.
Would deffo also get some Charter
time in (budget doesn't seem to be a great issue. Will you marry me
), fair enuf that the Charter
Cats may not be what you want, but a few weeks or a month island hopping in the Carib with no time pressures to depart / arrive may help you decide what is / is not important to you.......yer may decide that speed is
No.1 for you, and start looking at Tri's