My name is Steve B. and I currently live and work up in Alaska
. Very near retirement
. Picking up extended cruising
planning where I left off some years ago. I have 5 years experience day sailing
a 21ft Santana centerboard sloop
in sheltered inland waters. Had the spreaders in the water
several times but no water
in the cockpit
. While it was a while back, I do remember the difference between a sheet and halyard
Been lurking on this forum, and in a short time I have a better understanding how to think through boat designs, sailing rigs and cockpit
locations. Look forward to question-specific opinions as I drill down through the details of what I want in a offshore
At this time, just reading all I can get my hands on to learn about FRP boat construction and the general history
of builders and designers. And of course todays equipment
While it's too early to have ruled anything out, I am honing in on a 40' sloop
rig (ketch needs more thought and wheel
time) , FRP, aft cockpit monohull
that can be practically singlehanded by a fifty something on extended passages. Like this
but maybe a Texas
built one outside the blister years.
I like working boats not working on them mid-crossing. Simple systems, nothing fancy. Reliability
, strength and redundancy are high priority.
wise, I would like to do <10 years of sailing for less than 100K in depreciation. What I mean if there is anything left of me or the boat, to sell and come out with no more than a 100K loss. Like buy a fairly rigged boat for 100K and add 40K, sail for a few years and sell for 40K. Or buy a 40K boat and upgrade 100K and sell later for 40K. Or buy a ready to go for 140K and sell later for 40K. Something like that.
Anyway, glad to be here and look forward to enlightenment.
Thanks for reading.