While you are learning
, have you considered getting a smaller classic, like a Triton 28 or Alberg 30
? Those boats can be obtained inexpensively in good condition for $8k to $15k perhaps including a diesel
or overhauled Vomatomic 4 and have sufficient headroom
and living quarters especially for a bachelor.
They have simple systems, no liners to conceal costly structural problems and are relatively hard to lose large sums of money
on for updating deferred maintenance
. By reading restoration
blogs you can familiarize yourself about their usual pitfalls. Also, they would be much easier to learn how to sail singlehandedly. Moreover, if you really like the simple/outboard/inexpensive route
, James Baldwin's blog details how to install a 6 HP outboard
in their stern lazarette.
Compared to a 30 foot boat, everything about a 40 foot boat is much more complicated and expensive. It is important to understand that a 40 footer without an engine
may not be a good deal even if it is free especially if there are other deferred maintenance
No one has explained why a large boat does so poorly with an outboard, except to point out they do OK in totally calm conditions with no wind
. A 40 foot sailboat has a lot of "windage." Even with the sails
down, it will be pushed about by the wind. In 10 knots of wind, when the boat gets turned 90 degrees to the wind, the wind often has more of an effect than your propulsion
system- you turn the wheel
and nothing happens and the next thing you know you are in a very awkward situation. At the critical moment, the novice
panics and hits full throttle leading to an over-correction which causes the boat to hit whatever it is aimed at harder. Also, in any kind of wave action the boat will hobby horse somewhat causing the outboard's propeller
to cavitate or come completely out of the water
. The worse the conditions, the less power and control is available.