I'm new to the forum, hoping someone can give me some advice (and hope I have the right forum). I have an opportunity to buy an 18' Prindle, and would sail it at my cottage which is on a finger lake. My question is whether this is too much boat for the lake. Cats are so fast, I'm concerned that I'd be constantly tacking in this finger lake. I'd appreciate anyone who has sailed a comparable boat on a finger lake.
Here's what I can tell you about the lake:
- Closest basin is roughly 3km X 2km. I'd have to sail up either of 2 channels to get to the basin, approximately .75km into the prevailing wind
- There's another basin down the lake from our island, perhaps 2km X 1km .
- The winds can get quite high as the lake is about 10km long
- There's lots of shoals and islands
- I'm an experienced Laser sailor, but I want something to take my family
sailing. I've seen a 16' Hobie on the lake, and it has no difficulty pointing up channels that the Laser cannot handle. Moreover, with all the islands, and resulting wind
shifts, I find it very challenging to sail the Laser: I'm either becalmed or completely heeled over. The Hobie seems to handle the gusts without heeling over.
And here's what I can tell you about me
- Experienced Laser and Albacore sailor
of four (wife and 2 boys, 11 and 8 -- none of them experienced sailors). My wife and I weigh ~300lbs together, the family weighs ~450lbs together
- I'm not looking to race
, just looking for a fun family sailboat to tour the lake in
- Lake Ontario
is only 30 minutes away, so I could always take it there for a couple of days a year for a really strong wind.
Thanks Folks! Look forward to your input!