Hello everyone! Greetings from Lake Saint Clair in Michigan!
I have read lots of good stuff on here for a while now but just now registered to participate.
I have been sailing since the late 1970's first on someone else's Edel 540, then a Catalina
22 (my wife and my first new to us boat
that we kept for 10 years), and then a Seaward
25 for the last 12 years and still going strong.
Looking now to set off on the Great Loop in 5 years or less so I am hunting for a 30-32 sailboat. I actually live on the loop so anyone sailing by give a wave! Anyway, looking is always fun... I may, actually, just start off with the Seaward
on this little adventure but the saltwater parts
make me nervous. Why start with the Seaward? It's trailerable and it would allow me to plan out segments and then bring it back home. We'll see, but whatever the actual plan ends up being at this point is still just a dream...but, knowing that 5 years go bye like a blink it is not something to dismiss for too much later!
Recently a very good Irwin Citation
31 went off the market I was considering. However, as it was a 1984 it had a Yanmar 2GM
15 in it like all the Ericson's and Islanders in this size/age range seem to have. My 25' Seaward has a 1GM10
and it cruises around 5 kts under power making it difficult in the Detroit and Saint Clair rivers heading upstream. These are 30 to 33 foot boats with 13 HP. Does anyone have knowledge if the 2GM
will move these up river well?
That is it for now...quite an intro, eh?