Originally Posted by fanfare
First of all, hi to everyone. I am new here and have no sailing experience. I am considering a motor
sail which would (I hope) allow us to learn to sail while still having the power to cruise
Is a Cat a good choice for a motor
sail? I have seen 65 foot motor sails
with twin 220 HP diesels and 1200 gallon fuel
capacity. I'm thinking this would be a very forgiving craft.
Our needs now are pretty local. Summers spent at the Delaware shoreline .... 20- 60 miles out (sometimes more) .... a bit of fishing
... sleeping on the water
. However, we are considering a move to Hawaii
within 5-6 years ... and at that point we would have the time to cruise at greater length.
I have always dreamed of sailing to distant locations. However, my career, family
etc. have taken precedence over the years and I now find myself at age 45 with no sailing experience. So I am doubting my ability to learn at this age ... and wonder if I'm left to strictly power cruising options .... or should I think about a craft that allows me to sail.
Input greatly appreciated.
Brian and Penni Kinn.
I'm old enough to be your Dad (My eldest daughter is 46 and my eldest son is 45) and I will tell you what I would tell them, go find something like a Jim Brown Searunner
40ft Tri and learn to sail your own boat! If sailing is not for you, there are pleny of 40' plus motor yachts for sale
around the states. You should look for a long range trawler
type boat...If you decide on a motor cruiser, otherwise a 40 Searunner
would be a good choice for a "go anywhere" sail boat.
If you don't go for it now...Who knows when you'll get around to it!
I can tell you, from experience...Time slips by real quick and you don't even notice it till...One day you wake-up and realise you've left your dreams to long in the "I'll do that later basket". You will be to old, or as in my case, your health
will not permit
you to follow your dream, so my advice to you is...Make your mind up on what you want to do, sail or motor, find "your" boat and Go For It! Real Soon!