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Old 07-04-2017, 07:40   #301
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Re: Advantages to have a small boat

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This is where.. for me.. the argument falls down.
Folk are always throwing up Races as examples.. like race boats are something special and so are the competitors.. they are not.
Those built for purpose are deliberately lightly built and used by pro's for one or two events before being sold on to amateurs.. who are only special in that they can afford the expenses involved.. they're pop stars, businessmen etc.. part timers playing sailor in boats stripped down to lightest possible weight before becoming dangerous.
They push the envelope all the time and if anything will always reef later than sooner.. hey if anything breaks we've support boats to hand.
Its a totally different aspect to the cruiser who just wants to get there.. 2 days early or 2 weeks late makes no never mind.. I got there with nothing broken..
Agreed. I should not have responded to this thread after my third bourbon .
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Agreed. I should not have responded to this thread after my third bourbon .
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Agreed. I should not have responded to this thread after my third bourbon .
Ahhh..!!! just started.. that explains it..
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Re: Advantages to have a small boat

Referencing an earlier post, when I was a young teen an old sailor told me "When you get a boat, make sure it'll go upwind. A piece of plywood will go downwind". So I've always had good upwind boats. At 21 years old, my 23' New Zealand sloop went upwind in 20 kts like a banshee. If you cant go upwind in Hawaii, you'll never go any where and trades are frequently 20+. Digressing, my current boat is 35', considered small by today's standard but if it was good enough for Hal Roth, it's good enough for me, and I have no intention of sailing around the world.
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Re: Advantages to have a small boat

This video depicts not the failure of a small boat to make it to windward, which it could have/might have done with proper handling. There are other problems with this boat that don't reflect her inability to sail to windward, or even across the wind, which would have been an option here.
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