Hi, thanks for the tips! LOL, asking an addict.... Really my thought was to find a boat that 1. is seaworthy
in the event I really wanted to head
south to Belize
and points between and single
handed (that's without having the endurance of crosscountry runner too). 2. That is small enough to be easily maintained, simple and functional. 3. Speed is not as important as ease of operation and cost of moving the brick in the water. 4. Comfort, while important, does not mean that reasonable tradeoffs would be acceptable. Standing headroom
in the shower
is a necessity, (stating that is has a shower
should be a clue as to what tradeoffs are acceptable, LOL) a functional galley
with a regrigerator. Water can be pumped to eliminate any pressurized system, sufficent space for 4 to set down and eat. A queen size berth would is a big plus and not real excited about a V berth. A chart table would probably never have a natucial chart on it, maybe one could be laid out and covered in clear polyurethane
as part of the decore. A laptop
should tell me what I need to know. I suppose a radar
is going to be a necessity as well. So if you have any suggestions from those requirements, I'd like to hear them. Now, here is something nuts....I'm a biker guy and can't imagine going somewhere without a bike (motorcycle). If would be nice to but my 1600 cruiser on board, but my 400 lb dual sport Transalp will do. So, guess that means either sufficient clear deck
space or some swim platform type arrangement, lots of ideas there.
As for sailing every weekend, I don't have a boat this week and there really isn't any opportunity to charter
in my neck of the woods, I guess I could pay some bow babe to go with me and hang around the docks, I could wait until she is asked to go out and then I could pop out from behind a dock
locker, saying, sure, we'd love to go! Much like guys do with female hitchhikers do along the highways. Actually, I think I could sail any boat, say under 40' in an emergency
, it may not be pretty, people may stare from the shore and those on the dock
might decide to run, but I'm sure I can get it back! LOL. I do love sailing and I'm willing to test myself in a good downwind run, since I'm an excellent swimmer.
The whole idea of doing all of this is the feeling of freedom to travel, unrestricted. My thought was that I could simply anchor
out or run up on shore, spend a couple nights and move on.
I know those here cringe at the thought of a Carri-craft, but the little 45 footer is a nice way to be on the water. I have read that owners have taken them to Panama
, so there you go! Maybe a mizzen would work with those cat hulls, lol.