Originally Posted by Palarran
Holy Cat's, what a frendly attitude you have with people trying to help you. I'd normally suggest a St. Francis 50 but am a little nervous about what your reaction will be.
Also, do you care to share any details on this cat that you where on that flipped. If it's very similar to a Privilege
you would be the only person I've ever seen here on the CF who has been on a cruising cat that flipped. Was anyone injured? Where did it happen? Was the boat salvageable?
And who here that has had helpful advice that I havn't been friendly towards? Every person on this thread that has given me directions to a cat I hadn't already looked into has had nothing but thanks from me for addressing at least one
of the questions posed. Those that have posted have been treated the same way they have treated me. So suggesting a boat shouldn't make you nervous.
In regards to the cat flipping. Me, Mom, Dad, Sister, Dad's two buddies went sailing. All I knew at the time was that two people were offering, they knew my folks, I was assured that the two men
has been accomplished sailors and that it would be an exiting adventure. Side note: my dad was overprotective and wouldn't just go sailing with two nimrods, he had sailed with them before, so I had faith in his decision despite not being that great of a swimmer. So we went sailing. It was fun for a while but I got tired of my dad yelling at me, he was afraid that my monkeying around would wind
up with me slipping overboard
or something like that, so me and my sister went below deck
into one of the rooms and started playing uno. Next thing I know the cat is heeling/pitching and Im freaking out. From what I remember of the experience, my sister was pulling me above deck
. Which way we jumped off the boat I cant remember. The main memory I have is all of us are in the water
(with life jackets on) and Im freaking out cause Im in the water
and I cant swim.
We set sail from Savannah, if you ask me if we were going north, south, or whatever I couldn't tell you. I was just a joyrider at that point not knowing much about boats and sailing but was open to the experience. No one was inured. Least not that I noticed. Was the ship salvaged, hell if I know. At the time and those following I didn't give a rat's arse about the boat I was just happy to be alive. Whenever I would ask my folks what happened later on their responses were less than helpful. Their dead and I never had much contact with the two strangers to begin with so finding them years after the incident would require far more effort than its worth.
What Ive learned in life is, if you have questions, ask them. If you have concerns, share them with others who may have advice on the matter. Which brings me back to my original post. I had concerns about different boats, so what did I do? I asked questions on a forum full of boaters/cruisers/live aboard about their experiences with the boats Ive looked into. One persons story shouldn't be a deciding feature but having multiple people give similar testimonies are more than welcomed. Having responses from sources other than the builders or in some glossy review is a good thing. I am NOT a boat engineer
. I have done a lot of research
on boat building (call it therapy) of past and present, and am still learning
. No matter how many years of experience you have you are always still learning
. And from what Ive learned, Ive got questions, so I'm asking. Btw
"If it's very similar to a Privilege
you would be the only person I've ever seen here on the CF who has been on a cruising cat that flipped" That statement does not compute. Its as if you started one thought and ended up somewhere else. If you had said "if its similar to priv you would be the first person here on cf who has been on a priv like vessel that flipped" the statement would make sense to me. Im not sure if Im understanding properly. Care to clarify? Preferably via pms. One thing about forums
is that the posts should deviate too far from the original topic. So if you have any other questions, shoot a message or something to that effect.