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Old 11-06-2009, 16:42   #31
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Tall sailors?

Originally Posted by Allan S View Post
Floppel, thanks for the compliment about my Coronado, but to be honest, this is just our training boat. I bought cheap, $2500 Canadian which is what? 12 to $15 American? LOL
Seriously, I did not want to put a lot of money into something that my wife did not want to do. Stupid me, she is fanatical about sailing.
The Coronado is nice and cheap, but it only has 5' 6" headroom while I am 6' 3" and do not get me started on the engine well!!!!! Stay away from engine wells, they are just a waste of space and ease of access to the mighty outboard.
Don't get me wrong, I do love the beast and resent every moment not spent on her, but we will be getting a much larger boat within a year.
You are doing great but be forewarned about working on it in the marina, you should get about 5 minutes work done for every hour spent on it as people just stop by and chat, crack open some brews and chat some more. Just the other week an old fellow of 73 asked if I wanted to sail on his boat for a bit, 5 hours later I got back and realized that I left all my power tools out on the deck and finger pier. Such is the life I covet.
I look forward to reading more of your upcoming life change....good luck....Allan
Hi Allan,

I'm tall also, so I can understand your headroom wishes.

Although you are currently on your starter boat, you should, just for fun, research the Dana 24. Wow. I visited one for sale a few years ago and the headroom was in the neighborhood of 6'4". The guy who was selling it was tall like you & I.

Whats the downside? Well, there's always a downside. Its expensive. But what a boat!

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Old 16-06-2009, 12:02   #32
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Aloha and Welcome to the forum of many opinions! I think you are getting a lot of good advice and would encourage you to take awhile longer to start thinking of buying. My limited experience with SF Bay would tell me that the Catalina 27 is more suited but then again my first boat was a Catalina 22 but in more moderate conditions here in Hawaii (except the channels of course). I had the pleasure of sailing the channels this last week on a Columbia 28 with winds to SF Bay standards and found it to be very good and seakindly much to my surprise.
Hope you can hold back a bit and walk the docks and get lots of opinions before jumping on those many "bargains."
Kind regards,

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Old 27-06-2009, 22:39   #33
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Some updates:

- The two boats I mentioned in the first post are still on craigslist (last listed two days ago), the owner didn't call me (which is okay since I'm not interested anymore)
- I signed up for Basic Cruising starting next weekend at OCSC again

So if someone needs a hand on the bay, let me know!
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Old 28-06-2009, 10:49   #34
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Glad to hear from you, have fun with the sailing class. I'm sure you will find some boats to crew.
happy sailing,

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