Just found this forum and it looks great! I've got tons of sailing questions so I hope you all don't mind. Some background...we're power boaters thus far (well I own one sailboat right now but more on that in a moment). We've got a 38' sedan bridge power boat
that we keep on lake lanier in the Atlanta area (and had a 33' express prior to that and prior to that deckboats and runabouts all the way down to when I was a kid). We love our current
boat and use it a LOT. Didn't use it too much this winter due to the drought and lack of water
but spent about 120 nights on the boat with the wife and kids
(4 years old and 5.5 years old and they love boating/the water) last season. We really enjoy anchoring
out, swimming with the kids
, playing in the water
, exploring the shoreline, visiting with friends, finding a quiet cove, or just slowly cruising along on a nice sunny day. Despite being able to go around 25 knots if we wanted, we pretty much always cruise
in the 6-8 knot
range as we tend to enjoy that relaxing pace (and we burn a lot less fuel!).
So all of that is to say I never really thought about personally owning a sailboat. Always read books
about sailing (Adrift, etc. etc.) and always thought i'd like it but never have spent much time on a sailboat. The few times i had been on a sailboat i always enjoyed it though.
blah blah blah...so anyway this winter I bought a super snark sailboat. you know...one of those 10' little lateen rigged abs clad styrofoam things. It was old and cheap
but I bought it and painted it and fixed it up. We bought it to keep on the swim platform of our current
boat with the kayak
we also carry so that we'd have more water toys to play with the kids when anchored. Needless to say this little sailboat is fun....lots of fun. We have had our power boat
on the market in order to buy a bigger power boat. But now I am really thinking we should maybe get a sailboat. Fuel
prices are ridiculous and ($4.00 a gallon and boat holds 372 gallons so do the math!) even more it's as peaceful as could be to just cruise
around without the noise
of an engine
and only the sound of the water and wind
. Problem is I've never personally sailed anything more than our little super snark I just bought a month or so ago.
Questions if I may (if you've bothered to read through my long winded musings above):
1) Is it crazy to think we could jump right into sailing into a 40-42' sailboat with no prior experience??? I keep looking at little trailerable sailboats (24-26') as that seems "manageable" and something i could tackle with no prior experience. However, I know from power boats that really you ought to just get the right sized boat the first time and skip the headache of trading, etc. over and over. My wife isn't excited about the idea of a small sailboat (likes the space and amentities of a larger boat). So...that leaves the option of just going for it and getting a bigger sailboat and dealing with the learning
2) This is going to sound dumb but how "hard" is sailing (in a 40' +/- boat)? Meaning, getting sails
up and down, making sure you don't blow the boat over on the side, etc.
3) Can one person sail a 40' boat easily enough? My wife would most likely help some and perhaps help a lot but I would also want to be able to go out for an afternoon or something for a solo cruise to unwind- would not want to get a boat that takes more than one to safely and easily handle.
4) this is going to sound retarded but it is a concern of my wife's (Ok, and mine too): What about lightening? With the metal mast
way up in the air it seems like a lightening strike waiting to happen. We anchor
our boat out now in all kinds of weather
(within reason) and wouldn't want to have to worry about the slightest storm if it meant we would get zapped and fried in a sailboat. I assume they are grounded??
I need to find a way to go for an afternoon sail on our local lake somehow. None of our boating
friends have sailboats so I may just have to sail over to the next big sailboat i see anchored near us in a cove when I am in our super snark and see if they want to talk "shop". Lol.
Thanks and sorry to be so long winded. I'm actively involved in some other boating forums
so I look forward to reading more here and hopefully learning
a lot. One thing is for sure- my mind is pretty much an empty slate when it comes to sailing. I do sail a mean super snark though....hahaha I told my wife that she didn't realize it yet but buying
that snark was step 1 of my master plan which is to get her comfortable enough with sailing so that we will soon sail around the world....always wanted to do that!