Originally Posted by Capt RonB
I still contend that the best cruiser's quote is
"we're gonna need a bigger boat" - Chief Brody in Jaws
That has a lot to answer for.
Women in particular seemed to take it as a mission statement.
Although in the last decade or two men
in the cruising fleet are falling into the same habit.
I seem to remember the guy actually improvised it on the spot during shooting.
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I just came across a piece from Richard le Quesne, talking about the question of size for boats. Here's a taste of what he has to say:
<< I have the feeling that many people are buying
(and hence skippering)
their own yachts too soon. There is absolutely no substitute for the experience and knowledge that is gained by going to sea as crew on someone else’s yacht.
Even better is to go to sea on more than one yacht and to see how different skippers operate.>>
Having been exceptionally blessed in this regard, sailing on a great variety of boats of all sizes, on some challenging trips, with highly talented skippers early in my sailing career at a time when my own sailboat was a twenty footer, I couldn't agree more.
<< Related to this is the matter of boat handling which is best
learned on small boats. A yacht of 30 feet or more is not a suitable
platform on which to learn boat handling because it is not
sufficiently responsive to demonstrate the direct connections
between an action and its effect and also because its weight (and
value) discourage running the risk of making a mistake.
The hours spent in a sailing dayboat, a launch or an outboard
teach skills that are invaluable later on.>>
He made some interesting observations about the challenges of a modern rig on large vessels:
<< The question of what to do when a really big modern yacht meets
is one that I cannot answer. The traditionally
rigged yachts are able to progressively reduce sail but the modern
rigs have limited possibilities in this respect and regrettably,
in my opinion, have to rely on furlers.
I have sailed Diamond Forever (120 feet/36.6 meters and 200 tons) in 40 and 50 knots of wind
with just a partly rolled staysail and I am terrified by the strains that this puts on the sail and the gear
, but she is a sloop
and lying ahull is not an attractive option.>>